The Oratory Competition in Quebec is a public speaking competition in French that takes place every spring at CÉGEP John Abbott. Organized by Canadian Parents for French, it brings together young people from English secondary schools from all over Quebec who come to demonstrate their mastery of oral French in front of a jury and an audience. First place winners in each of the five categories in Secondary 5 are eligible to enter the National Public Speaking Competition in Ottawa on May 25, where they could win scholarships of 5,000 $ and 20,000 $ at the University of Ottawa.
The Competition in Quebec will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11 in the Penfield auditorium of CÉGEP John Abbort, located at 21 275, chemin Lakeshore, in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Students will give 3 to 5 minute speeches in French on topics of their choice. Mr. Robert Rothon, National Director General of CPF, and Mr. Claude Parent, member of the Board of Directors of CPF, will be on site and answer questions.
Better command of French is a key objective for young non-French speaking Quebecers. The Competition helps them achieve this goal by providing them with a rewarding forum in which to practice and improve their spoken French.
Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is the national network of volunteers who believe that French is an integral part of Canada, and who are dedicated to promoting and creating opportunities for learning French as a second language for young Canadians.