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Collective stories: discover 49 co-creations of young francophones from the country!

(Press release) As of Friday, March 16, a total of 49 stories have been completed by French-speaking classes across the country, thus closing the popular Collective Histories contest, newly set up this year by the Association canadienne d'études de langue française (ACELF) and the Regroupement des édisseurs Canadian-français (RECF) as part of the Semaine nationale de la francophonie. You can read these stories at acelf.ca/snf/histoires-collectives.

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(Press release) As of Friday March 16, a total of 49 stories were completed by French-speaking classes from across the country, closing the popular contest Collective stories, newly set up this year by the Association canadienne d'études de langue française (ACELF) and the Regroupement des édisseurs Canadian-français (RECF) as part of the Semaine nationale de la francophonie. You can read these stories at acelf.ca/snf/histoires-collectives.

The winning groups of the two grand prizes are as follows:

  • Class of 5e year of Mr. Franz Lefort, André-Piolat school, North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Class of 4e year of Mme Martine Larouche, Sainte-Marie school, Normandin, Quebec

The André-Piolat school will receive the visit of the author Bryan Perro and, the Sainte-Marie school, that of the author Diane Carmel Léger.

A remarkable participation

The competition, which was in its first edition, proved to be a great success. From the first drafting stage to the final stage, the ACELF will have received 210 participations classes from French-speaking schools in all regions of the country. Started in December, the competition invited classes to complete, in three different stages, one or the other of the 4 introductions written by the authors Martine Noël-Maw (West and Territories), Bryan Perro (Quebec), Jean Fahmy ( Ontario) and Diane Carmel Léger (Atlantic).

Given the interest shown in this pan-Canadian interactive activity, the ACELF intends to repeat the experience next year. The association would particularly like to thank Radio-Canada, for its great support in promoting the competition, as well as the Regroupement des édisseurs Canadian-français, which offered the sets of books awarded as milestone prizes.

The winners of the 3 stage prizes

After each step of the competition, the ACELF had among the participants, a set of books by Canadian authors worth 250 $. Here are the three milestone award winning classes:

  • Stage 3 price: class of 7e and 8e years of Magaly Paquet, Laurier school, Laurier, Manitoba
  • Stage 2 price: class of 4e year of Mme Allison Hartman, École Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, London, Ontario
  • Stage price 1: class of 5e year of Mr. Claude Vézina, Fernand-Seguin school, Montreal, Quebec

And the endless stories?

Since each writing stage was open to everyone regardless of previous contributions, a number of stories were not completed, i.e. they were developed either up to stage 1, or up to step 2. All these uncompleted stories are accessible on the Internet. Thus, by the end of the school year, it will be possible for teachers who wish to continue them with their class and thus give another stimulating challenge to their students. Stories that will be continued can be sent to snf@acelf.ca and the ACELF will then publish them on its website!

The competition Collective stories is part of the program of 20e National Francophonie Week (SNF), which takes place within the framework of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie. Until March 25, French-speaking schools across the country are invited to continue celebrating the SNF by participating in other ACELF competitions and taking advantage of its many educational resources: acelf.ca/snf.

The ACELF would like to thank its partners for this competition: the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, Radio-Canada, the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadienne, the Fondation Dialogue, the Canadian Federation for French Literacy, the Regroupement French-Canadian publishers, Perro éditeur and all the ministries of education in the provinces and territories.

Through the reflection and action of its pan-Canadian network, Canadian Association for French Language Education exercises leadership in education to strengthen the vitality of Francophone communities.

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