A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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NFB reveals winners of Ta parole est en jeu competition

Press release

2014/01/24


Montreal, January 24, 2014 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announces the winners of the competition held on the Ta parole est en jeu interactive website, a project that gives young people aged 13 to 17 the opportunity to discover the richness of the French language in Canada through a variety of games that test their knowledge of French. The site, an original joint venture by the Groupe des technologies de l'apprentissage de l'Université de Moncton and the NFB, was launched in February 2013 and has attracted over 30,000 visits to date in Canada, the United States and Europe. Specifically designed for secondary-school students, the project has achieved its aim of reaching young French-speaking Canadians across the country.

The winners

From October 21 to December 2, 2013, students aged 13 to 17 registered fulltime at a Canadian secondary-school institution were invited to visit the site and play its selection of games for the chance to win one of 13 16G iPad minis. Hailing from different cities across the country, the winners had a great time and learned a lot.

Daniel Latour (Whitehorse, Yukon): “The games are fun as well as educational. I'm certainly going to continue playing regularly, to learn even more about the beautiful French language.”

Ryme Lahcene (Vancouver, British Columbia): “I enjoyed that a lot! Hearing expressions from all over Canada and listening to the accents they were spoken in was really cool. I also thought the game was well designed. I'm really, really glad I participated in this competition, especially because I learned a whole lot of expressions from all over—it's great!”

Élise Harrison
(Saskatoon, Saskatchewan): “I loved playing these games! They were challenging, educational and not at all boring.”

Kim Laberinto
(Winnipeg, Manitoba): “I thought Définis-toi was fantastic! I've learned lots of French expressions and idioms, and I'm going to try to use them. Découvre-toi was good too. It's fascinating to see all the different French-speaking communities across Canada. I even saw friends of mine in Manitoba and other provinces too! I also liked hearing the different accents in other parts of our country. And I learned things in a really fun way!”

Patrick Meloche
(Bath, Ontario): “I enjoyed discovering new expressions and facts about towns all over Canada. It was a lot of fun, but I also learned new stuff. It's a very good game!”

Océanne Guyon
(Quebec City, Quebec): “I really liked these games, I learned new expressions.”

Léonie Trudeau-Laurin (Lachine, Quebec): “The time limit added to the challenge, and in general I enjoyed the games. I learned new expressions, information about other cities and new words. I liked learning through games and having the opportunity to learn even more.”

Rosanne Morin (Joliette, Quebec): “Learning words and their definitions was something I really appreciated! It's a great competition and well organized. There are a lot of winners and that's really cool. I also showed it to my mother and she thought it was an intelligent game; she didn't mind at all when I played it quite often! It's such a neat initiative!”

Kassandra Martin (Saint-Ubalde, Quebec): “I had a lot of fun with this site. Thank you!”

Félix Savoie-White (Iristown, New Brunswick): “I found the competition interesting and very rewarding. A number of the expressions I've learned will appear in my next written assignment.”

Janelle Losier (Moncton, New Brunswick): “I really liked these games! My favourites were those with expressions and the guessing games about the cities. I learned a lot, especially in terms of geography.”

Chloe Briand (La Grand'Terre, Lourdes, Newfoundland and Labrador): “I loved the games. My favourite was Définis-toi. I liked the fact that you could play against other people, a bit of competition is good. The site is really beautiful and I congratulate you on a job well done. I've learned expressions I'd never heard of before!”

Harrison Vallis (Lourdes, Newfoundland and Labrador): “I really enjoyed the games, I got to learn about places in Canada I didn't know before.”

The site

Ta parole est en jeu consists of games designed to teach young people more about the vocabulary, expressions, regionalisms, accents and communities of the French-speaking world and the history of the French language in Canada. The site comprises a number of short films shot in every province and territory by video directors from French-speaking Canada, produced by the NFB's Canadian Francophonie Studio in Ontario and Acadia.

Ta parole est en jeu is a joint venture of the Direction générale des technologies at the Université de Moncton, the National Film Board of Canada and Canadian Heritage. The project was funded in part by the Canada Interactive Fund of Canadian Heritage. The graphic design of the site and the design of the games were created by TOXA Inc. and the short films were produced by Will Cyr of Secret Level Films, and the Groupe des technologies de l'apprentissage of the Université de Moncton was responsible for the programming and overall management of the project in close collaboration with the NFB.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

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Information:

Nadine Viau
NFB Publicist
Tel: 514-496-4486
Cell: 514-458-9745
n.viau@nfb.ca

Lily Robert
Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Tel: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
l.robert@nfb.ca