|Stomach Flip-flops All Part of the Experience at French Public Speaking Competition|
Released: April 28, 2008
Almost 300 students from all over BC will be battling nerves as they prepare for their five minutes of oratory brilliance at the Provincial French public speaking competition, the Concours d’art oratoire. With university entrance scholarships, travel to our nation’s capital, a summer in Quebec, books, medals and cash among the amazing prizes up for grabs, the stakes are high. Media is invited to attend the awards ceremony at 12:30pm at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, 13450 102 Avenue, on Saturday May 3, 2008. The event is organized by the BC and Yukon Branch of Canadian Parents for French.
More than 10,000 students from across the province participate in this annual competition, competing first at the class, school and district levels. Winners will travel to Surrey to compete against their provincial peers in one of four categories. The competition is open to youth from grades six through 12 who are enrolled in French as a subject, early or late French immersion, or francophone programs. Provincial winners in Grade 12 will go on to the Nationals in Ottawa where $20,000 scholarships to the University of Ottawa are awarded.
Marking its 25th anniversary next Saturday, the Concours d’art oratoire has grown from only 27 participants in 1983 to 288 this year, not including 72 judges and volunteers.
Guest speakers at this year’s event include the Honourable John Van Dongen, Mr. Skip Triplett, President of the Canadian Club of Vancouver and French Consulate Cultural
Canadian Parents for French is a national, non-governmental, parent-led organization that has worked for over 30 years to promote French-language educational and cultural learning opportunities for youth. The Concours d’art oratoire provides students with an opportunity to practice their French oratory skills outside the classroom.
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