Scottish schools celebrate la francophonie in Edinburgh!

La francophonie is dynamic in Scotland as most student now learn French from P1. To celebrate this new journey towards languages, the Institut français d’Ecosse have launched in partnership with SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Language) a new national French competition, le concours de la francophonie, to encourage all young French learners and their teachers around Scotland and to celebrate the international day of la francophonie.

For this first edition, 37 semi-final entries from 18 Councils and various independent schools across Scotland were sent to a national jury who selected six winners. The 6 winners are invited to celebrate la journée mondiale de la francophonie at the University of Edinburgh on Friday 18 March 2016.

The winners of this 2016 edition are :

  • P1/P4
    WINNER: East Lothian – Cockenzie Primary – P1
    RUNNER-UP: Edinburgh City – Royal High Primary – P2
  • P5/P7
    WINNER: Inverclyde – St Ninian’s Primary School – P7
    RUNNER-UP: Stirling – Doune Primary – P5
  • S1/S3
    WINNER: North Lanarkshire – Coatbridge High – S1
  • S4/S6
    WINNER: Glasgow City – Smithycroft Secondary – S4

Emmanuel Cocher, Consul general de France and Director of the Institut français said: “La journée mondiale de la francophonie is indeed a very special day which brings together French speakers, learners and teachers, to celebrate the French language and the dialogue between cultures.”
He added: “Thanks to the 1+2 policy which is progressively rolled out since 2013, all pupils now learn two additional languages in schools and 90% have chosen French as an L2. This ambitious and exciting policy will have a positive impact on language uptake in secondary education and has placed Scotland at the forefront for language learning in the UK.”

The student-led competition was designed to value creativity in French and allow a large participation of all schools across Scotland. Students were invited to perform a short piece, dialogue, song, play, reportage or any other production which they had created in collaboration with their teacher according to their age and their level. All productions filmed with IPads, tablets or other recording devices were eligible.

The Concours de la Francophonie was made possible thanks to the support of Total E&P UK, The Franco-Scottish Society and TV5 MONDE.

Location: The University of Edinburgh, David Hume Tower, Lecture Hall C, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JX

For more information contact Vanessa Bismuth, Institut francais d’Ecosse PR & Communications Office, on 0131 225 5366 or email

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Published on 17/03/2016

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