Alberta Student wins National French Public Speaking Contest


Canadian Parents for French announces winners of 2015 Concours d’art oratoire

EDMONTON  –  Miss Tehzeeb Sayed of Edmonton, whose presentation was on gender equality was the 2015 Core French winner in the National French Public Speaking Contest.

“Through the Concours, I had the opportunity to meet students from across Canada – which was greatly appreciated,” Tehzeeb commented. “This experience has inspired me to continue to learn French for the rest of my life.”

On May 30th, 35 high school students from across Canada went to Ottawa to compete in Canadian Parents for French’s (CPF) National Concours d’art oratoire.

The students competed in five categories that ranged from Core French to French Immersion to Francophone and this year, spoke on topics including gender equality, adoption, appreciating life’s beautiful moments as well as learning beyond the classroom.  The winner of the Core French (called French-second-language here in Alberta) category, Tehzeeb Sayed, is taught French as a subject for two to four periods each week.

This was the first year in the past eight that Alberta has sent students to compete nationally due to lack of interest and support.  “Providing forums for students outside of the classroom in which to practice and use their French is integral to their success and mastering the language”, says Michael Tryon, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French Alberta.

Tehzeeb’s French teacher, Dr. Richard Slevinsky echoes these sentiments – “This offers us as French teachers, a forum in which learning French is really celebrated! Congratulations to Canadian Parents for French, and I encourage you to continue to offer authentic programs for our students.”

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians. There are currently 21,000 members across Canada and 3,000 in Alberta.