E-Newsletter January 2017

Message from the Acting Director of OLBI

Jérémie Séror

Dear all! It gives me great pleasure to launch this start of the New Year 2017 with you. For many, this time of the year is a time to reflect and consider new resolutions. During this time, we seek to better ourselves while also celebrating the hope and excitement generated by our future goals and projects. In my case, my resolution is a simple one, to strive to live up to the trust and warm welcome which I have received as I start my mandate as Interim Director. Our mission remains one of seeking to continue to contribute actively to projects related to official languages and the fields of research, teaching, evaluation, and language policy design with the student experience as a key source of motivation. Indeed, already many exciting activities are scheduled for the year. I invite you to take a look at our website to learn more about these upcoming events. To give you a taste, let me mention here a few of the happenings planned for the upcoming months. These include an academic talk to be offered by Professor Nikolay Slavkov in February as part of CCERBAL’s Research Forums. OLBI will also host this winter a series of meetings with a Finnish delegation seeking to investigate issues linked to language policies within a minority language context. The University of Ottawa will also have the pleasure in February to host the symposium Evaluation of the French language: Innovations and discoveries, organized by the Canadian Association of Language Assessment (CALA) and OLBI’s Language Assessment Research Group (LARG). Finally, in May, OLBI’s Post-Secondary Immersion Research Group (PSIRG) will organize the symposium: Immersion in higher education: where do we stand today? As you can see, things are starting well, and this is just the beginning of a year which promises be full of stimulating projects and activities. This reality reflects all the dynamism of OLBI and its team. I invite you to stay in touch and to join us throughout the year. I look forward to working with you and wish you all a happy and prosperous year filled with new opportunities and discoveries.

Research and Initiatives

CCERBAL is proud to present its next forum: Reflections on childhood bilingualism and multilingualism. 

Come with colleagues and students! If you can't join us, follow us on the web: https://connect.uottawa.ca/ilob/

Marie-Josée Hamel
Director of CCERBAL


Research and Initiatives


Language Policy in Minority Settings: Finland and Canada

 Finland and Canada


CALA 2017 - Evaluation of the French language: Innovations and discoveries

 Innovations and discoveries

Hosts: Canadian Association of Language Assessment and the Language Assessment Group (LARG) of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) of the University of Ottawa

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017, 1–5 p.m.

Location: Room 5028 at 120 University (Social Sciences Building – FSS) of the University of Ottawa (http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/CampusMap.pdf).

Free (registration not required), open to all.

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Canadian Association of Language Assessment

 Innovations and discoveries

Seventh CALA/ACEL Annual Symposium, 
York University, Toronto, May 26, 20177

We are pleased to invite submissions for the 7th symposium of The Canadian Association of Language Assessment (CALA). The symposium will be held at York University in Toronto, one day before the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University. 

Keynote speaker: Alister Cumming, OISE, University of Toronto
Purposing Writing Assessments: Complex Constructs in Variable Contexts

We invite proposals for paper and poster presentations from researchers, students, and practitioners from both the private and public sectors, including, but not limited to, large-scale and classroom assessment, language assessment for academic and professional purposes and contexts, language assessment validation, uses and consequences of language assessments, language assessment policy and practice, and technology in language assessment. Papers in English and French will be considered. Proposals which focus on the theme of the conference will be given priority.

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