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Concours Oral

Every year, the Fédération of Alliances Françaises of New Zealand organises a National French Speaking Competition for secondary school pupils called the "Concours Oral".

The Alliance Française Palmerston North participates in the Concours Oral.

The “Concours Oral” is open to all year 10 to 13 school pupils studying French. It is supported by the NZAFT (New Zealand Association of French Teachers). 

Year 12 and 13 students go through a selection process regionally (organised by the local Alliance) in order to participate in the national oral contest. Read the National Concours Oral rules here.

Every year, two trips to New Caledonia reward one Year 13 student and one Year 12 student. They are hosted in families selected by MASCOP in Poindimié. MASCOP also organised an extensive programme of activities and excursions, including a few days in Nouméa so that the students can discover various aspects of New Caledonia.

This year, unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, overseas trips will not be offered to winners. Instead, the Concours Oral National Year 12 winner will win a selection of French books and/or DVDs and the Concours Oral National winner will receive a term of French classes, including tuition, material and annual membership, provided by an Alliance Francaise in their region, up to a maximum of NZ$400. 

These and other prizes are made possible thanks to the generous support of ImmerseMe, French Embassy, New Caledonian Government, CREIPAC and your local Alliance Française.

Over the years, many candidates from Palmerston North and the region have won book prizes and several laureates in the National Competition have won overseas trips.

For more information about the Concours Oral, read this and do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more!

Congratulations to our 2021 National Concours Oral winners

- Year 12: Year 12 ELOISE EDMONDS (Hutt Valley High School, Lower Hutt). Eloise won a series of 5 New Caledonian comic books (‘Frimeur des Îles’ and ‘La Brousse en Folie’) and one beautiful travel book (‘Au Coeur du Caillou’) donated by the Government of New Caledonia. Additionally, her teacher and class won an online workshop with a New Caledonian author.

- Year 13: HANNAH WILSON (Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School, Lower Hutt). Hannah won a $400 voucher to be used for French classes/tuition provided by an Alliance Française (courtesy of The French Embassy in New Zealand).

Read the full press release here.


Souvenirs de Nouvelle-Calédonie

Read the full programme of the trip here.
Discover our 2013 winner's holiday in New Caledonia here.
Click on the links below to watch videos of the previous trips:

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4