Concours D’art Oratoire

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - By: Noah T, Privett ‘17; Photo by Jim Ganley

On Red Saturday, May 6th, Brentwood students Ian G, Marie K, Issae R, Balqees J, Noah T, Felix W & Jack NG all participated in the much anticipated Concours D’art Oratoire at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus. This highly popular French public speaking competition welcomed an estimated 85,000 students from across Canada. The speeches, which were 3-5 minutes long, were judged by French speaking university and college professors, teachers, native Francophones and even French immersion graduates. The students chosen presented a speech of their choosing in front of the judges. Our students presented topics ranging from terrorism to environmental issues to cuisine, including toast! 

This 34th Edition of the Concours D'art Oratoire recognizes the success of learning French as a first or second language. It also celebrates the health of French programs across Canada. Over the years, the public speaking competition has become an education in French, offering thousands of young people the opportunity to develop their skills in public speaking, engage the entire school community in a learning process, and take a look at the state of French in our schools. Our students learned new skills and and had lots of fun. Thanks to Mr Hernandez for giving up his Saturday to travel with us to Vancouver. 

Noah T, Privett ‘17

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