Click here to read about the 37th annual Saskatchewan Provincial Final of Concours d’art oratoire that took place on Saturday, April 13.
Concours d’art oratoire is an annual public speaking event for students from grades one to 12 who are studying French as a second-language in Saskatchewan and across the country. The objective of this event is to further stimulate the interest of students in the learning of French. Researching, preparing, writing, memorizing, and delivering speeches are activities that contribute to the development of language skills.
Schools around the province host their own public speaking competitions for students beginning in grade one. The winners progress to competitions held by local school divisions. Students in grades six to 12 who place first or second at their divisional event are given the opportunity to participate at the provincial level. Provincial winners from grades 11 and 12 advance to the national competition. All levels of participation – classroom, school, divisional, provincial, and national – are extremely important.
Students in all French-second-language programs in the province are encouraged to get involved. School division finals are usually open to French immersion students. Both core French and French immersion students are eligible to participate in the provincial and national events.
Schools are sent preliminary information in September and asked to indicate if they will participate in the Concours d’art oratoire. A complete information package is sent to interested schools early in November. Provincial finals will be held April 13, 2019. National finals will be held June 1, 2019.
The National Concours d’art oratoire
On June 1, 2019, Canadian Parents for French will host the 17th annual public speaking competition, the National Concours d’art oratoire in the National Capital Region. The competition brings together senior high school students from across Canada who will deliver the speech that won them first prize at the school, regional, and provincial/territorial levels.
First place winners will qualify for scholarships, ranging from $1000 to $20,000. In the past, this has included awards from from the University of Ottawa, the University of Moncton, the Université de Saint-Boniface, and the Université Sainte-Anne, and second and third place winners have the option of receiving scholarships from the University of Ottawa or the Université de Saint-Boniface.
In addition to these academic rewards, the contest provides an opportunity for students to visit Canada’s capital and meet others from across the country.
To register for the national contest, students must first compete and win first place at the provincial/territorial finals.
Head to the National Concours d’art oratoire website for updates on information and fact sheets.
This year, Canadian Parents for French – Saskatchewan has added a new category for grade nine to 12 students, Impromptu. This category is being developed to encourage high school students who may have outgrown their interest in speech competitions or are seeking a new challenge, to continue to participate. This activity encourages a fresh approach to public speaking. Students require a significant level of mental preparedness to be able to draw on skills acquires during previous years of public speaking. Speech preparation time is limited and topics are predetermined.
2018-2019 – Documents
Concours d’art oratoire has been completed for 2018-2019. Documents for the 2029-2020 edition will be posted in Fall 2019.
2018-2019 – Preparation Kit
Detailed guide for the program including curriculum outcomes, tips for public speaking, sample speeches and winning speech examples.
- Lettre d’introduction
- Feuille de route
- Guide des bénévoles
- Lien Curriculum
- Concours Presentation PowerPoint
- Ressources additionnelles sites Web
- Guide art oratoire
- Comment choisir un sujet
- Plan de discours
- Discours example 1
- Discours gagnant 1
- Discours gagnant 2
- Discours gagnant 3
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