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.

Key 2019 Concours dates

  • March 25, 2019: Online Provincial registration opens here
  • April 12, 2019: Provincial registration deadline
  • May 4, 2019: Provincial Competition, Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus
  • TBC, 2019: National Competition

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.


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