Concours d’art oratoire

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My participation in the Concours d’art oratoire when I was in 5th grade French Immersion at West Kent Elementary School greatly contributed to my political career. I still use the skills and abilities I had acquired while preparing for the public speaking competition. My teacher, Madame Whitlock, must have prepared me well because I won first place at the competition that year.“- Honorable Robert Ghiz, Premier of PEI

Participating students choose a subject in which they are particularly interested, naturally resulting in a carefully prepared and enthusiastic presentation. The speech may be designed to inform, to convince, or to amuse the audience. The presentation must be the student’s original work and be committed to memory. Students are judged on voice, quality of language, choice of subject, gesture, and their response to a question from the jury.

Provincial Contest will be held Saturday April 13, 2019

The Concours d’art oratoire is a public speaking event held in French. In PEI, a provincial competition is held annually. Competitions are held at the classroom and school level prior to the provincial competition.  Each school may send up to 2 students per category. For example: grade 10 core = 2, grade 10 LFI = 2 etc as well as grade 11/12 category Core = 2,  LFI = 2 tc.

All you need to know to compete (The “How To” Toolbox) Here you will find registration forms, rules of entry and category descriptions, student resources (such as how to choose a topic), and teacher resources (such as curriculum connections and lesson plans).

CPF PEI Concours d’art oratoire registration information


 Winners of the 2018 Concours d’art oratoire 


(Front Left to Right) Shanda Rae (Judge), Jayden Desjardins (1st Grade 11/12 EI), Héléne Moase-Ballon (1st Grade 10 Francophone), Olivia Batten (2nd Grade 11/12 EI), Quinn Paugh (1st Grade 10, EI), Julie Gagnon (Head judge)

(Back Left to Right) Kelly MacNeill (CPF Vice president, Sergine Oueller (Judge), Samuel Farag (1st Grade 11/12 Francophone), Sarah Blaisdell (1st Grade 11/12 Enhance Core), Thomas Haslam (2nd Grade 11/12 LI), Maggie LeClair (1st Grade 11/12 LI), Noah Blacquiere(2nd Grade 11/12 Francophone), Thomas Parent(3rd Grade 11/12 Francophone)

National Participates were: Olivia Batten, Jayden Desjardins Sarah Blaisdell, and Maggie LeClair.

Jayden-Desjardins EFI 3rd place National and Samuel Farag 3rd place francophone National.

Categories and Prizes 2018

Many thanks to prize donors  Collège de l’île , UPEI, Université Saint-Anne, University of Ottawa and Université de Moncton.

Prizes are sought annually and could include gift certificates, coupons, and tickets to performances, music CD, cell phones, camp experiences and more.  All prizes in the “Other” category are awarded based on the number of prizes received and the number of contestants entering the competition. Other prizes donors this year:

Le Carrefour




Concours Poster

Concours d'art oratoire poster PDF

Past contest participants and winners

Benefits of Public Speaking

A valuable skill in itself, public speaking provides students with experience in research and writing. Confidence and self-esteem are also gained. Public speaking events are fun and exciting activities. They offer many opportunities for students to meet new people, exchange new ideas, challenge their abilities, and communicate in French with people other than their teachers. It also encourages critical thinking and allows students to take different approaches to the same project.

Countless surveys show that presentation skills are crucial to success in the workplace. By participating in public speaking, you will:

* Learn to communicate more effectively
* Improve your presentation skills
* Increase your leadership potential
* Build your ability to motivate and persuade
* Reach your professional and personal goals
* Increase your self-confidence  

Additional resources
Concours d’art oratoire most asked questions
Public Speaking How to: here (EHow) et ici (youtube).
Public speaking Practice activities

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (902) 368-3703.

CPF National Concours

To attend the CPF National Contest, students must have won first place in the provincial Senior Category (Grade 11 or 12) in any one of the Categories (Core, Immersion etc).  See the 2018 National scholarships available  HERE   See the participants and winners of the 2018 CPF National Concours d’art oratoire HERE.  See the pictures HERE 
CPF National Concours promo You Tube Video

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