How to get involved
To enter the contest, students are required to submit a video through the bureau’s registration form. The selected competitors will be announced in December. Once selected, participants will be given the opportunity to take a series of public speaking training sessions likely be held in January and February 2022.
“The students who participate in this competition will be accompanied on their journeys,” says Françoise Naudillon, chair of études françaises.
“They will gain ease and confidence. It is not always enough to simply master a language to appreciate it. In a way, you have to know how to dance with it and take your audience with you,” she says.
“As French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal once said: ‘Eloquence is a painting of thought; and those who, after having painted it, add something more, make a picture instead of a portrait.’”
After the training sessions, an in-house jury will select two contestants to move on to the final round, set to take place March 28, 2022. The finalists will receive further mentoring in the month leading up to the event, and then the an outside jury will choose the winners. The judging criteria will include factors such as fluency, diction, charisma, originality and more.
At the 2021 edition, several prizes were awarded: a $5,000 grand prize sponsored by Druide informatique, a $3,000 second-place prize, a $1,000 third-place prize sponsored by TD Insurance, and a $500 public prize sponsored by Acfas. Each award recipient was also gifted Druide informatique’s Antidote 10 software.
The Département d’études françaises will be also offer cash prizes to selected participants.
For more detailed information about the Délie ta langue! contest rules, eligibility criteria and how to enter, visit the event page. You can also keep up with the finalists, their trainings and other behind-the-scenes content on the Bureau de valorisation de la langue française et de la Francophonie’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
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Direct any other questions about the contest to the Délie ta langue! team’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.