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Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute is an integral part of the University of Ottawa, where excellence in teaching and innovation complement uOttawa’s commitment to bilingualism.
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English or French as a Second Language

Courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FLS) are meant to help anyone wishing to improve their French and English language skills. Courses are offered from a beginner level to an advanced level.
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Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL)

The CCERBAL fulfills the research mandate of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute. The Centre’s key research themes include language teaching and learning, new technologies, language assessment, and language policy, including family language policy.

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Why did you choose uOttawa?

“I chose uOttawa for the French opportunities on and off campus. I was attracted to the French program’s courses and small class sizes, uOttawa’s bilingual campus, and the city’s bilingual culture.”

Valerie Binder

More to Discover at OLBI

Conversation workshops
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Conversation workshops

OLBI conversation workshops: Let’s talk about it!

Vara, a Health Sciences and French Immersion stream student, explains how OLBI’s conversation workshops help students hone their second-language skill…
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Curbing linguistic insecurity: A graduate’s ambitious vision

Anne Thibert, a recent graduate of the Honours BA in Second Language Teaching, draws on her personal experience to fuel her search for solutions to re…
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Multilingualism: A rewarding, nonlinear journey

Mylan Allen’s journey to graduation from OLBI’s Second Language Teaching program is a tale of determination and drive. It’s also a testament to how a …

Contact the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)

70 Laurier Avenue East
Room 130
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5743
Fax.: 613-562-5126
[email protected]

Office hours | Monday to Friday

September to May
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.