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L'éloquence en scène: how to be effective in public speaking?

A brand new course offered this fall by Concordia's Department of French Studies
May 27, 2024

Julien Perrier-Chartrand The FRAN 398 course is an excellent introductory course for students wishing to take part in « Délie ta langue! », the inter-university public-speaking competition.

An all-new course entitled “FRAN 398 L'éloquence en scène” will be offered in Fall 2024 by Julien Perrier Chartrand, professor in the Département d’études françaises. Students will also benefit from practical acting workshops led by Noah Labranche, BFA '20 in acting, professional actor and coach.

Using experiential learning, this course explores the principles of effective public speaking. In today's age of democratized speaking, future influencers, communicators and decision-makers need to be able to speak in a way that captures the attention of their target audiences. In what Chartrand hopes will be a lively and dynamic classroom atmosphere,his course will cover the fundamental elements needed to make a great impression through public speaking.

The course will cover topics such as managing stage fright, creating an emotional connection between text, voice and body, and memorization techniques specific to public speaking. All material will be presented with the aim of preparing students to deliver a confident and convincing speech.

The course is also an excellent preliminary course and a privileged gateway to the inter-university public speaking competition “Délie ta langue!”, to be held in March 2025. Several prizes are awarded to contest winners, including the top three prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $1,500. In the 2024 edition, Concordia University won the fourth-place jury prize and the Prix du public.  

The course is open to students whose mother tongue is French or who have successfully completed language course FRAN 301 or an equivalent. For questions and further details about the “FRAN 398 L'éloquence en scène” course, students may contact Malek Garci, coordinator of the French Studies and French Literature programs.

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