E-Newsletter March 2017

Spring Open House


Many future University of Ottawa students, family and friends visited us during Spring Open House in March. Open House is always great event to help students learn more about the programs they are interested in, connect with other students and faculty and, get a close-up look at campus life! The OLBI team was on hand to provide information and answer questions about its extensive array of programs and courses on offer.  It was a real pleasure to meet our guests and we look forward to seeing many of them in our classrooms next fall!

Symposium sur l’immersion 2017 Immersion Symposium: May 11-12

“Immersion in Higher Education: Where Do We Stand Today?” 



We are celebrating ten years of immersion at the University of Ottawa. The Post-Secondary Immersion Research Group (PSIRG) of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) is hosting an international symposium entitled ‘Immersion in higher education: Where do we stand today?’. This two day symposium will be an extraordinary occasion for researchers, teachers, students, administrators and all others with an interest in the development of immersion in higher education to gather and share experiences, knowledge, and ideas.

The program features distinguished speakers from Europe and North America who will bring to the table unique perspectives and will stimulate dialogue on challenges and achievements in the areas of bilingualism, linguistic models and immersion.

So where do we stand, in Canada and the world, since the last assessment made in the book “Immersion française à l’université : Politiques et pédagogies”?

Find out by joining us on May 11-12 for the 2017 Immersion Symposium.

Register before April 15 to take advantage of the early bird pricing.

Learn more and register

Seeking to Improve your English Skills? I-SEEC is for You


 The Second Language Intensive Programs of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) is pleased to introduce the Intercultural Student English Experience Course (I-SEEC), a brand new program launching this summer. The course is designed to help local and international students improve their English language skills by delivering a well-balanced, comprehensive program in a stimulating and supportive learning environment. With a focus on communicative speaking and writing, I-SEEC aims at helping students develop understanding, enrich their vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and engage in conversations. The schedule is the perfect balance of class work to improve language skills, outings to experience life in the community, and free time to discover and enjoy Ottawa and Canada.


French Intensive Saturdays


French Immersion Saturdays have a new name! They have been rebranded French Intensive Saturdays. Why?  Because they are the definition of intensive: concentrated, thorough and effective!  These full day courses are intended for academic staff at the University of Ottawa and focus on oral and written structures in French as a second language.  Work- related vocabulary, basic document writing and grammatical progression are the main areas of instruction. What’s more, French Intensive Saturdays are now offered at both the intermediate and the advanced levels.  Sessions run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your writing techniques and sharpen your overall French language skills.

Register for the April 22nd or April 29th sessions.

The University of Ottawa Opens its Doors to Mexico


In February, a delegation from the University of Ottawa visited Mexico with the purpose of raising awareness for the university and liaising with current and potential partners in this expanding market.  The mission included stops in the cities of Leon, Guadalajara and Mexico City where press conferences were held to promote the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and in particular, the new French Intensive Program.  Meetings were also arranged with local universities, high schools and government agencies to exchange on programming and explore potential collaborations. The University of Ottawa’s commitment to bilingualism and internationalization provides a unique and compelling educational opportunity for students from Mexico and abroad. Our dialogue with Mexico has already translated in increased student interest in the University of Ottawa programs and has opened doors to continued efforts in seeking mutually beneficial relationships between our two countries.

This outreach initiative supports the University of Ottawa’s institutional goal to further enhance its international character and its position as the leading bilingual university in the world.

A Fond Farewell from Niigata Students


The third edition of the Niigata students’ visit to uOttawa has been another resounding success!  Second Language Intensive Programs were pleased to welcome 23 students from the University of Niigata Prefecture in Japan for a five-week intensive language learning program. In addition to classroom instruction, students participated in a variety of socio-cultural activities, and, to facilitate a truly full immersion experience, they were hosted by local families. The program also provided an additional layer of support by matching the visiting students with current University of Ottawa students enrolled in the DSL program – a win-win for all. The feedback received from the Japanese visitors was highly positive with 100% of students reporting they had improved their English language skills with clear progress in the areas of listening and speaking.

“I’ve already arrived at Niigata.

It’s too fast to pass five weeks at Ottawa. I miss host family, teachers and friends who I met in Canada. Through this program, I learned many things and experienced things I never do in Japan. This opportunity gave me power. That’s why I never forget this time!”

- Shiori Kashima, Niigata

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