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2nd - 8e immersion - La dystopie

Sage Benet, Grade 8 French Immersion Student at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary  School is pictured with Keynote Speaker, Tanguy Exume at this year’s Provincial French public speaking competition.  Sage proudly displays her 2nd place medal she won, a top award at this competition.  Congratulations Sage!

Vancouver — 10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 240 made the provincial finals, and one student from Coast Mountains School District took home a top award in this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.

“In addition to the cultural and language benefits, Concours d’art oratoire helps students develop their creative and public speaking abilities, as well as self-confidence,” said Patti Holm, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

“It’s an incredible feat to make it to the Provincial finals — taking home a medal is a real achievement. We congratulate everyone who participated; they are all winners. Félicitations!” added Concours d’art oratoire chief judge, Dr. Renée Hamilton-Clark.

This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon sponsored Concours d’art oratoire. The provincial finals were hosted Saturday, May 2nd at SFU Surrey.  Special thanks were extended to all the local volunteers and teachers, as well as the BC Ministry of Education, Canadian Heritage, and le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique for their financial support.

Provincial Winner from Coast Mountains School District was Sage Benet, a Grade 8 French Immersion Student at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School who took second place for her presentation on “La dystopie”.  Congratulations Sage on this outstanding achievement!

Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon is a parent-lead registered non-profit dedicated to creating quality and accessible French second language opportunities for all youth.  Concours d’art oratoire is a pan-Canadian French public speaking competition — an estimated 85,000 students participate annually across Canada.  Student participants choose, develop, and present a 3 – 5 minute speech, en français. Students are free to select a subject/theme that interests them.

The provincial competition is open to all students, grades 6 through 12, who are learning French through programs such as: French Immersion, Core French, and the native Francophone School Board (SD93). For each grade there are the three categories.

The competition typically 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 comeptition 4) Top students in grade 12 move on to the national competition.

Concours is judged by French speaking volunteers, i.e. University/College professors, teachers, native Francophones, and French immersion graduates.

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