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Concours d’art oratoire

Concours d’art oratoire is a provincial French public-speaking contest for FSL students in grades 9 through 12 studying in an Ontario English First Language school. It is organized by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA) and Canadian Parents for French (Ontario). This is an annual contest held every May at York University’s Glendon Campus in Toronto.

This event began in 1975 in the Ottawa-Carleton area and expanded to a provincial event when the OMLTA and Canadian Parents for French (CPF) joined forces in 1985 as co-sponsors. 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.

There are four categories – Core, Extended, Immersion and Francophone, and two divisions – Traditional and Impromptu. Students in grades 9 through 12 participate in a competitive concours format for cash prizes and scholarships. Winners from the grade 11-12 categories move on to the CPF National competition. These eight (8) finalists (one per FSL Category/division) will go on to represent Ontario at the CPF National Concours d’art oratoire.

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