English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

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Placement Test

* Participants must complete the online placement test prior to registration.
* Les participants doivent compléter le test de classement avant l'inscription.

To do the online tests:
Placement Test

Our Services

Our Courses

We offer 10-week regular courses during the Fall and Winter sessions as well as intensive sessions from May to August.

Our Services

Class Document Correction

Editing and correction of presentations, exams, course notes, etc.


Benefits from the assistance of an OLBI language professor when planning class activities or while preparing for the Employee Language Assessment.

All requests for tutorials must be presented to the Coordinator. After the needs assessment, an application form for bilingual funding will be sent to the requesting professor who must forward it to his or her dean for approval.

Regular Courses

Language training courses lasting ten weeks, offered during the regular Fall and Winter sessions.

Competency Evaluation Services

OLBI's Language Testing Services administer language tests to evaluate your proficiency in your second language.

Special Groups

Group training sessions can be customized to your specific needs (i.e. maintenance, research presentations, etc.).

Summer Courses

Intensive sessions are offered during the months of May, June, July and August.


Private consultations for pronunciation. Full-time professors only. Limited space.

Academic Writing

Writing courses are offered to professors in order to enrich their English writing skills for academic publications.

Spring/Summer 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:00- 12:00 pm,  FSS4014 (and other group and one-on-one meetings thereafter; flexible schedule).

Following the first meeting on May 10, additional group meetings will be scheduled, as well as one-on-one meetings with the instructor to edit drafts and develop the participants’ writing skills.

ESL4011-P: Academic Writing for Publication

Language Training for Academic Staff – Intensive practice in Academic Writing for Publication

Hybrid academic writing course specifically focussed on developing writing for publication. Discussion of standard conventions for research reporting across disciplines; manuscript analysis; individualised feedback on current writing and resources for improvement


June 19th to June 30th, 2017      
ESL3011-S - Advanced Monday to Friday 9:00 to 12:00 DMS11143
July 31st to August 14th, 2017      
ESL3011-F - Advanced Monday to Friday 9:00 to 12:00 FSS6004
Fall 2017
September 26th to December 5th, 2017


ESL3011- A Advanced


8:30 – 11:30



Winter 2018

January 23rd to April 13th, 2018


ESL3011- H Advanced


8:30 am - 11:30 am



OLBI reserves the right to cancel any course with insufficient course enrolment. It is therefore essential that you register as soon as possible

For any questions, contact Sylvie Bhookun at 613 562-5800, ext. 2218 or by email at profbil@uOttawa.ca.

If you don't know your language level, contact Huguette Bourgeois, Coordinator for language services by telephone at 3406 or by email at: Huguette.Bourgeois@uOttawa.ca.

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