Keep up to date with most recent news and events of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) on subjects related to excellence in language pedagogy.


Staff and Profesors
Staff and Profesors

Summertime’s a great time to improve your second language skills

OLBI is pleased to offer free French or English language courses to uOttawa administrative and teaching staff. Most of these online sessions are also open to members of your family. Write a staff language placement test. Then, see the spring-summer course timetable and register for a second language course by June 2!

Read this short news piece to learn more about OLBI courses just for professors. APUO members who want to improve their French-language scholarly publications can take the course Publier en français. As well, the intensive Participer à une réunion dans sa langue seconde workshop is open to APTPUO and APUO members with intermediate- or advanced-level French.

OLBI second language courses, choice for all

OLBI offers second language courses open to all, including future and current students, as well as those not enrolled in a program. Since your path is customized based on your language level, you must first take a language placement test before registering. Registration for the fall term starts May 24 for undergraduate students and June 21 for graduate students.
Conversation workshops
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Conversation workshops
Jul 4 to Aug 30

Practice English and French

Have fun, come practice with friends and colleagues!
Movies at OLBI
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Movies at OLBI
Jul 6 to Aug 31

Movie Afternoons at Julien Couture Centre

Every Wednesday between July 6 and August 31: join us for a selection of movies in French, English, and in other languages.
CCERBAL 2023 conference
CCERBAL 2023 conference
May 4 to May 6

Call for proposals

Bilingualism and multilingualism: transversal competences, mobility, and well-being.
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OLBI Newsletter - In Other Words

The monthly newsletter published by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), entitled In other words, targets professionals who work in second-language teaching, immersion programs, or linguistics, as well as researchers in these fields. Subsribe to keep up with the latest developments at OLBI, including research by professors, student achievements, events, and news from the world of languages. 
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