Concours 2019 Grand Winner!

Congratulations to this year’s CPF Concours Coast Mountains School District winner!  Elysium Cleveland, representing Grade 9 French Immersion from Terrace (Skeena Middle School), won this year’s grand prize with her speech on “Dendoctrone du pin ponderosa”.

Elysium now can attend this year’s provincial Concours d’art oratoire held at Simon Fraser University on May 04, 2019, to compete in a one day event in her category. Congratulations Elysium!  Good luck at Provincials!

CPF’s Concours d’art oratoire is Canada’s largest, annual French-language public-speaking competition, involving close to 10,000 students every year, and thousands of dollars worth of prizes. The aim of this public speaking contest is to stimulate the interest of students learning French, to improve their speaking skills, and to give them experience presenting in public.

This event is organized by Canadian Parents for French (CPF), who has worked together with parents and school staff since 1983 to organize school, district and provincial-level competitions. Concours is open to French Second Language (FSL) and Francophone students from grades 6 through 12 who are studying Core (Basic) or Intensive French, French immersion (Early or Late), or studying in a BC Francophone school (Conseil scolaire francophone).

Thousands of students compete at the school and district levels, and last year, almost 300 winners traveled to the new Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University for the provincial finals where they competed in a one-day event in their specific category. First place winners in grade 12 then went on to compete at the national finals in Gatineau, Quebec, across from Ottawa. This year the national finals will again take place in Gatineau.

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.

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Concours 2019 Winners!

Congratulations to all the children who participated in this year’s Coast Mountains School District Concours d’art oratorie held on March 08, 2019!  All of our French Immersion and Francophone students worked hard and presented fantastic speeches on topics of their choice.

Thank you as well to the volunteers who helped organize the event, our sponsors, and our judges. CPF Terrace would not be able to have hosted such an event without the help from everyone involved.

Below are the winners in each category for Concours 2019, SD #82:

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CPF and VSB on Teacher shortage

Advocacy group wants school board action as Vancouver struggles to find French teachers.


Posted Jan 8, 2018 7:55 pm PST

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A French language advocacy group says Vancouver School Board trustees are failing in their commitment to reverse recent cuts.

The French Immersion program in Vancouver was cut back last spring, but at the fall election, board trustees said they would reverse the cuts as soon as possible.

Glyn Lewis with Canadian Parents for French BC and Yukon says that hasn’t happened, and the group has written an open letter to trustees.

“There have been no initiatives to reverse the cuts and so basically we’re back to where we started from, the parents are rightly upset and that’s why we sent the letter,” he says.

“We recognize that they are having a tough time recruiting and retaining French Immersion teachers but we think they could be doing more.”

The chair of the VSB, Janet Fraser, says staff are working towards re-instating the classes.

“It’s very challenging to recruit French Immersion across BC, and particularly in Vancouver because we have a high cost of living and because we’re seeing many teachers moving from Vancouver to their home district.”

“(Staff) are assessing the availability of teachers and they are assessing the availability of space in our French Immersion schools to see what classes can be offered next year.”

Lewis says he understands the difficulties with recruitment, but the board needs to do more. The letter to trustees recommends the VSB participate in a French teacher exchange program, offer subsidies to support teachers developing their French proficiency and enable hiring of French teachers on a letter of permission.

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