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Concours d’art oratoire is an annual French public-speaking event for schools throughout the province. Classroom, school and then divisional-level competitions lead to the provincial competition, which is held every year at l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) in May.

Concours d’art oratoire is open to students from Grades 3-12 and includes the categories of Early Immersion, Late Immersion, French: Communication and Culture (Core/Basic), French: Communication and Culture (Extended/Enriched/Advanced), Français and Impromptu.

Participants prepare a speech about a subject in which they are particularly interested; this must be the student’s original work and committed to memory.


All Students are judged on voice, quality of language, choice of subject and gesture. Students in the Grade 9-12 categories (except Impromptu), are also asked 2 or 3 questions (by an impartial questioner).

All students at the school level of competition receive a Certificate of Participation and at the divisional level, winners in each category are awarded ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Prizes, including cash, trophies and plaques are awarded to winners in each category at the provincial level of competition. First place winners from the Grades 11 & 12 categories (excluding Impromptu) also have the opportunity to participate in the National competition, in Ottawa in June. There, scholarships of varying amounts are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, some in excess of $30,000.  In addition, $1,000 entrance scholarships are awarded to each National Concours participant who attends and competes, but does not place in the top three of their category.

For more information or to volunteer at this event, contact the CPF-MB office at (204) 222-6537, email


Concours d’art Oratoire 2017 Timeline


December 9, 2016:

Deadline to submit the Intent to Participate to CPF-Manitoba to ensure participation of school division/school in the provincial competition.

April 14, 2017:

Deadline to notify CPF-Manitoba of divisional winners (please use the Notification of Divisional Winners Form that will be provided in the January package and available on the website:

This document is to be submitted together with the $20.00 registration fee for each student.

April 14, 2017: Deadline to submit Official Student Registration Form ONLY for students competing at the provincial level, in Grade 11/12 categories (does not need to be completed for Impromptu category).
May 6, 2017: Provincial Finals for all categories at the Université de Saint-Boniface.

Click here for the registration times
Click here for information on parking restriction

June 3, 2017: National competition for Grade 11/12 categories (excluding Impromptu) in Ottawa, ON.





DATES TO REMEMBER – Concours 2017 / DATES A RETENIR – Concours 2017

Intent to Participate / intention de participer

Concours Rulebook 2017

2017 Manitoba Official Categories

Registration Times for the Manitoba Provincial Finals

Impromptu Category Details / description – catégorie Impromptu

Impromptu Speaking Guidelines

Impromptu Categories Evaluation / feuille d’évaluation Impromptu

Gr.3-8 Discours Evaluation / feuille d’évaluation discours 3e – 8e années

Gr.9-12 Discours Evaluation / feuille d’évaluation discours 9e – 12e années

Timer Penalty Form

Notification of Divisional Winners (click here to download the editable version )

2017 Student Registration Form

Category Change Form

–National Judging Rubric (Coming Soon)



Pilot Categories Guidelines / Guide – categories pilotes

MA VIE – Judging Rubric – Gr.4 / Evaluation – MA VIE – 4e

MA VIE – Judging Rubric – Gr.5&6 / Evaluation – MA VIE – 5/6e



DANS L’ŒIL DU DRAGON (DUO) – Judging Rubric / Evaluation – DANS L’ŒIL DU DRAGON