Concours d’art oratoire

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Concours d’art oratoire is a French speaking competition for French second-language and first-language students.

The competition is facilitated by Canadian Parents for French (CPF), and each year, many CPF volunteers support Concours at the school, divisional, provincial and national levels of competition.  The Manitoba provincial Concours d’art oratoire is held every spring at l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB).

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.

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 also have the opportunity to participate in the national competition, in Ottawa in June.

There, scholarships of varying amounts are awarded the 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.

This year, CPF National is piloting the Impromptu category at the national level of competition.

Therefore at the provincial level, students cannot participate in both the Impromptu and speech categories.  In addition, Impromptu participants will be asked 2-3 questions after their speech.


Please note:

  • Where the category indicates OR, students may choose one of the two speech options provided. Both options compete in one category. For example: for Early Immersion, grades 3 & 4, students may choose between a speech OR Raconter une histoire, with both types of speech competing in the same category.
  • Where the category indicates two options separated by a horizontal line, this means that they are two separate categories for the program and grade level. For example: for the category of Late Immersion, grades 9 & 10, students may choose to participate in EITHER the speech category or Dans l’œil du dragon – duo category.

Click here to download the category table.


December 13, 2019 Deadline to submit the Notification of Intent to Participate to CPF-Manitoba to ensure participation of school division/school in the provincial competition.
April 15, 2020 Deadline to notify CPF-Manitoba of divisional/school winners (please use the Notification of Divisional Winners Form) that will be provided in the January package and available on the website:

No submissions will be accepted after this date

The $20.00 registration fee should accompany this document for        each student.

April 15, 2020 Deadline to submit Official Student Registration Form ONLY for students competing at the provincial level, in grade 11/12 categories
May 2, 2020 Provincial finals for all categories at the Université de Saint-Boniface.
June , 2020 National competition in Ottawa, ON.

Official Categories

Intent to Participate


Student Registration Form For Grades 11/12 ONLY

Category Change Form

Notification of Divisional Winners  (Click here for the Word document)

Judging Rubric-Speech Categories 3-10  //  Judging Rubric FR Grades 3-10

Judging Rubric Speech Categories Grades 11-12 //   Formulaire Dévaluation Categories Discours 11-12

Judging Rubric Ma Vie   //   Formulaire d’évaluation – Ma vie

 Judging Rubric-Une conversation imaginaire  //    Rubric – Une conversation imaginaire – duo – FR

Judging Rubric-Speech/Raconter une histoire    //    Formulaire d’évaluation-Discours/Raconter une histoire

Judging Rubric-Dans l’œil du dragon    //   Formulaire d’évaluation-Dans l’œil du dragon

Penalty Form



Judging Rubric Impromptu Categories   //    Formulaire D’évaluation Categories Impromptu

Scholarships-National Level ‘coming soon’

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