OLBI offers many courses in English and French as a second language, along with a series of services specifically geared to University of Ottawa professors.

Our role

The role of the Language Support Services for Professors is to create a university environment where professors communicate in both official languages, both written and spoken. Our support services are flexible and diverse. They may include reviewing classroom materials, preparing for language tests, group classes, and especially individual support.

Courses offered – Fall 2022

Improve second-language skills despite the pandemic.

All courses will be held at a distance for the fall term. To register, please  fill out the online application form

For any question or help please contact us by email at [email protected]

Course registration ends on the Thursday of the week preceding the start of the course.

Language support services for full time professors (Members of the APUO)

All language support services will be offered via distance learning

The language support services may include the following:

  • Basic Language Skills
  • Advanced Language Skills
  • Preparing for Administrative Positions
  • Preparing to Teach in a Second Language
  • Pronunciation Support
  • Grammar Support
  • Basic WritingSkills
  • Academic Writing for Publication
  • Getting Ready for Conference Presentations
  • Getting ready for language tests, active and passive

Professors must submit their requests by filling out the Services request form.

Audio recording

Listen to the audio recording below by Associate Professor Hélène Knoerras she discusses the advantages of taking such classes in light of her research on the impact of teaching at university in a second language (in English only). Professor Knoerr explains how this type of training helps those who teach or publish in their second language.

Listen to Hélène Knoerr's audio recording

Transcript of Hélène Knoerr’s recording


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