NOTE: Provincial Concours d’art oratoire on May 1, 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
2020-2021 Class Activity
For the 2020-2021 school year, we are encouraging all Ontario French classes to incorporate the Concours d’art oratoire – Traditional Division into their in-person and/or virtual classes.
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History of Concours
This event began in 1975 in the Ottawa-Carleton area and expanded to a provincial event when the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA) and Canadian Parents for French (CPF) joined forces in 1985 as co-sponsors. The Concours d’art oratoire is an opportunity to integrate public speaking into regular classroom activity and to involve community members outside the classroom for judging and administration of classroom and school-level events. With the current emphasis on voluntarism in education, Concours d’art oratoire presents new opportunities for teachers, administrators, and secondary students to become involved.
At the 35th annual event in 2019, over 300 students from 24 school boards and 11 independent schools across Ontario participated at the provincial event at York University’s Glendon Campus in Toronto. At the classroom level, our estimates show that over 20,000 students across Ontario took part in French Second-Language public speaking. There are four categories – Core, Extended, Immersion, and Francophone. Students in grades 9 through 12 participate in the competitive Concours format for cash prizes. Winners from the grade 11-12 categories move on to represent Ontario at the CPF National competition held in Ottawa.
In the past Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) hosted the elementary students, grades 4-8. In the future, the Concours d’art oratoire will be hosting only students in grades 9 through 12 at the provincial level. CPF Ontario is continuing to support, promote, and encourage the Concours d’art oratoire at the classroom, school, and school board levels.
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Please contact Eillen Sellam if you require more information or are interested in organizing Concours at your school.
E: [email protected] T: 905.366.1012, x 415 or 1.800.667.0594 x 415.