University of Ottawa - Second Language Institute

600 King Edward Avenue - Ottawa

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We are an integral part of the University of Ottawa’s vision for the future, where teaching excellence and innovation complement the institution’s commitment to bilingualism.

As a new Canadian standard bearer for official languages and bilingualism, OLBI strengthens and promotes education and research in the fields of teaching, evaluation and language policy design. It also brings together the University of Ottawa’s experts in official languages and bilingualism in four areas:

Teaching;
Research;
Testing and evaluation;
Development and promotion.
We opened officially on July 1, 2007 to pursue the key role played until then by the Second Language Institute (SLI) at the University of Ottawa. For more than 40 years, the SLI had been a cornerstone in the promotion of second languages at the University, enjoying an enviable reputation on both the teaching and research fronts.

OLBI wants to build on these accomplishments. We want to strengthen our research, innovation and outreach efforts in official languages and bilingualism. We also want to meet the French and English second language learning needs of a large and diverse population on campus and beyond. And we plan to innovate by designing programs at the cutting edge of educational science.

Ultimately, OLBI strives to stand as a national and international authority in the field of bilingualism and official languages. We will continue to act as a breeding ground for innovation and fresh ideas, where anyone dedicated to expanding and sharing our knowledge of bilingualism can join forces in achieving that goal.


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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
The French second language courses (FLS, Français langue seconde) are meant to help you improve your language skills. The courses are offered from a beginner level to an advanced level.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
The English second language courses (ESL)are meant to help you improve your language skills. The courses are offered from a beginner level to an advanced level.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Each summer, the University of Ottawa holds the 4 week UESTC Summer Language Program. This program facilitates the language development and multicultural understanding of undergraduate students from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). Taught by OLBI’s most experienced and accomplished language professors, this 21 hrs./week integrated skills course is designed according to the students’ specific language learning needs and interests. By participating in a variety of learning tasks in the classroom and a variety of socio-cultural outings, participants not only receive accelerated linguistic and multicultural training but also develop friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
The University of Ottawa's Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) is offering summer professional development workshops for FSL elementary and secondary teachers of Core French, Extended French, Intensive French, and Immersion.

This program is open to all Canadian teachers and also to teachers from abroad.
The Ontario Ministry of Education provides bursaries for teachers who work in one of the English-language school boards in the province. Long-term occasional (LTO) teachers in these boards are also eligible. The bursaries are managed by OLBI.

We thank the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage for their financial support.
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