For copies of required poems, click below. Where available, native voice recordings can also be downloaded here.
To participate students must sign up with their name, school, and level on the sign-up sheets posted outside of the door of one of the rooms where poetry is being held. Do not wait until the last moment to sign up.
- Level 1: 1 student
- Level 2: 1 student
- Level 3: 1 student
Students are expected to memorize the text of their level; NO reading is allowed.
Exceptionnel: The winner of the contest after a final play-off performance.
Mention Spéciale: Nearly flawless; spontaneous; exceptional performance with superb pronunciation, and liasons, a presentation which communicates with feeling and the deep meaning of the poem.
Excellent: Little hesitation; a little stiff or mechanical, but good pronunciation and expression; no cues needed, technically proficient, but missing the spark of real understanding.
Très Bien: Some hesitation; fair pronunciation; 1 or 2 cues needed, some mistakes.
Bien: Halting; 3 or more cues needed; quite a few pronunciation problems; little drama.
Assez Bien: Cannot finish performance or skips sections of poem; poor pronunciation; difficult to understand.