The 2017 Provincial Concours d’art oratoire


Date: Saturday May 6th, 2017
Location: SFU, Surrey Campus


In May every year, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Branch hosts the Provincial Concours d’art oratoire.

The CPF Concours d’art oratoire offers hundreds of prizes to participants: university scholarships, trips to Ottawa, books, medals, merchandise, cash and more. Last year, more than 10,000 students in grades six through 12 participated in the Concours in communities throughout BC, almost 300 students participated in the Provincial Concours, and 4 students participated in the National Concours in Ottawa. Teachers and parents have been organizing Concours for over 25 years, and for many students, it’s now part of the curriculum.

More 2017 Concours updates coming soon!

Key 2017 Concours dates

  • March 27, 2017: Online Provincial registration opens here
  • April 13, 2017: Provincial registration deadline
  • May 6, 2017: Provincial Competition, Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus
  • June 3rd, 2017: National Competition, Gatineau, QC

A few more facts about Concours

Concours d’art oratoire is a pan-Canadian French public speaking competition—an estimated 85,000 students participate annually across Canada. Participants prepare and present a 3-5 minute speech on a subject of their choosing, all en français!

The competition progresses through the following stages:

  1. Students participate in their local classrooms
  2. Top students move on to the School District competition
  3. Top students move on to the Provincial competition
  4. Top students in grade 12 move on to the National competition

Different categories are set out for students in French Immersion, Core French, and Francophone students. The speeches are judged by French-speaking volunteers: from university and college professors, to teachers and native Francophones, and even French immersion graduates, many of whom have themselves competed in Concours.

Check out our FAQs page for more answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Concours!


Find out more about the Concours experience in this video from Provincial Concours 2013, featuring Charlotte Diamond!

Canadian Parents for French: Concours d’art oratoire from Zack Embree on Vimeo.


Online Registration

2017 Provincial Concours registration will open March 27, 2017. Details to come.


How to Organize

2017 How to Concours


Important Links

Teacher Resources!

Judge & Volunteer Information Page

Correct Category Assignment

Rules & Regulations

2017 Rules in English & French

Evaluation Form (English)

Formulaire d’évaluation (French)

Time Keeper Form

Parent & Teacher Information

BC Provincial Concours – Information Package 2017

Location

SFU Surrey

Location Map

SFU Surrey Central City Parking Map

CPF School Membership Status

Membership Numbers: Check to see if your CPF membership is up to date: 2017 School Membership Status List. Schools in red are those whose membership will expire prior to Concours, or that have already expired. If you do not see your school listed and would like to know if your school membership is active, please contact us at outreach@cpf.bc.ca

On the Day of the Competition:

Event registration/sign-in is from 9:00am in the Mezzanine.

  • Participants competing in the morning should arrive and register between 9:15 am – 9:45 am.
  • Participants competing in the afternoon are welcomed all day but only required to arrive and register at 1:30pm.

Water: We’re going green! Please bring your own water bottles to avoid waste!

See below for more information regarding the competition.

Disclaimer: Participants in the 2017 Provincial Concours d’art oratoire should be aware that winners and participant photos will likely be published in local media. If there is a reason why your photo cannot be sent to the media, please fill out this online form: click here

Additional Information:

Please Note: in order to ensure fair access to the competition for all participants, unfortunately special scheduling requests will not be received or processed. Each request for exception means another participant may not be able to attend that session.


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Judges

Judge Information Page

We are still accepting registration and applications to participate as a judge for the 2017 Concours event. Register below!

Judges Judges Registration is Open

 

Volunteers

Volunteer Information Page

Volunteer Positions Open for Concours:

We are still accepting registration and applications to participate as a volunteer for the 2017 Concours event. Register below!

Volunteers: Register here!

 

Concours video link!

Sponsorship

2017 Sponsorship Package Concours

 


Concours Frequently Asked Questions

Please read these before calling or emailing the office.

  • FAQ

    What is Concours?

    Concours d’art oratoire is a pan-Canadian French public speaking competition—an estimated 85,000 students participate annually across Canada. Participants prepare and present a 3-5 minute speech on a subject of their choosing, all en français! The competition progresses through the following stages: 1) Students participate in their local classroom 2) Top students move on to the school district competition 3) Top students move on to the provincial competition 4) Top students in grade 12 move on to the national competition. Different categories are set out for students in French Immersion, Core French, and Francophone students. The speeches are judged by French-speaking volunteers: from university and college professors, to teachers and native Francophones, and even French immersion graduates, many of whom have themselves competed in Concours.

    2017 Concours updates coming soon!

    Key 2017 Concours dates

    • March 27, 2017: Online Provincial registration opens here
    • April 13, 2017: Provincial registration deadline
    • May 6, 2017: Provincial Competition, Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus
    • June 3rd, 2017: National Competition, Gatineau, QC

    Find out more about the Concours experience in this video, made at Provincial Concours 2013! Canadian Parents for French: Concours d'art Oratoire from Zack Embree on Vimeo.

    More FAQs about Concours

    Read More


Testimonials

Subsidy Instructions

Subsidy Form – Parents and Chapters

Contact Us about Concours


Prior to Event:

For a guidance in organizing Concours in your school and district, see the “‘How To’ Concours Information Document” above. This document also includes important dates for this years provincial and national Concours competitions.

WHAT IS CONCOURS?

In May every year, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Branch hosts the Provincial Concours d’art oratoire. The CPF Concours d’art oratoire offers hundreds of prizes to participants: university scholarships, trips to Ottawa, books, medals, merchandise, cash and more.

Last year, more than 10,000 students in grades six through 12 participated in the Concours in communities throughout BC, almost 300 students participated in the Provincial Concours, and 4 students participated in the National Concours in Ottawa.

Teachers and parents have been organizing Concours for over 30 years, and for many students, it’s now part of the curriculum.