65 francophile students from three School Boards put their skills to the test during the 13th edition of the Concours de français langue seconde d’Ottawa
By Miriam Hatabi and Catherine Elena Buchanan
On April 10, the Concours de français langue seconde took place on the University of Ottawa campus under the leadership of Catherine Elena Buchanan, contest President and FLS professor at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute. This contest is intended for grade 11 and 12 students living in the Ottawa region who study French as a Second Language. Every year there are many prizes to win, including six scholarships of $6000 each. The series of tests covers oral and written production and comprehension including individual interviews. It also reflects the Ontario FLS curriculum requirements as well as the European framework of reference. A team of evaluators composed of teachers from the school districts and from the university evaluate the tests and determine the winners.
This year, the University of Ottawa welcomed 65 students from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Sylvie Lamoureux, Vice-Dean Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Jérémie Séror, interim director, OLBI, delivered remarks that highlighted the students’ contribution to the vitality of the French language, and that reiterated the importance of learning a second language.
The students were grouped together based on the hours of FLS learning they have received. The names of the winners for each category are the following:
Gillian Clackdoyle, 11th grade, Nepean High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Athaliah Singh, 12th grade, St. Patrick’s High School, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Laura Maddison, 11th grade, St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
April Long, 12th grade, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Katherine Szabo, 11th grade, Nepean High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Mano Hooper, 12th grade, Woodroffe High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, together with the University of Ottawa and the organizing committee, congratulates warmly the winners and thanks the students for their participation in an event that contributes to the promotion of French in Canada.
Catherine Elena Buchanan
FLS Professor and President of the Concours de français langue seconde d’Ottawa 2017