In Other Words - April 2019

Dr. Beverly Baker Receives Award from the Office of the Vice-President, Research and the Faculty of Arts

Dr. Beverly Baker Receives Award from the Office of the Vice-President, Research and the Faculty of Arts


OLBI wishes to congratulate Dr. Beverly Baker whose hard work was recently highlighted. This recognition includes the 2019 Young Researcher of the Year Award, bestowed by the Office of the University of Ottawa’s Vice-President, Research and the 2019 Early Researcher of the Year Award, bestowed by the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts.

Dr. Beverly Baker is an internationally recognized researcher in the fields of language assessment and language teacher development. She is an Associate Professor at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) in the Faculty of Arts, where she also serves as the Director of the Language Assessment Sector and Director of the Language Assessment Research Group.

Dr. Baker’s innovative research agenda is substantially advancing knowledge in her field. She works tirelessly to support her academic community. Nationally, she is a founding member and was Vice President of the Canadian Association of Language Assessment (CALA). At the international level, she is a member of the Editorial Board of Assessing Writing and has served on the Executive Board of the International Language Testing Association as well as on numerous committees.

Bourse Wesche

 Wesche Scholarship


Marjorie (Mari) Wesche was the Director of the Second Languages Institute at the University of Ottawa during the development of linguistic framing courses, which represent one of the central supporting elements of the Immersion program (RIF). The RIF wishes to recognize the impact of this Canadian university immersion pioneer by rewarding two students in the immersion program who have pursued their education in French at a high level, all while maintaining a high grade point average in French classes.

The Wesche scholarships – totalling $500 each – were awarded to the following students during a conference for the Mois de la francophonie:

  • Marianna Astachkina, a second-year student in Accounting at the Telfer School of Management
  • Jonathan Zrihen, a third-year student in History and Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Congratulations to both recipients!

Le CCERBAL en action!

 The CCERBAL in Action!


Over the past few weeks, the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) and its team had the pleasure to welcome many guest speakers to discuss their research and projects. Five years ago in Listuguj First Nation, Joyce and Brenda Germain began Nipugtugewei Kindergarten, where mornings are spent in the classroom and afternoons are spent on the land. Both the in-class and outdoors components address provincial curriculum concepts as well as language-related and cultural learning outcomes. On April 12, we heard from Joyce and Brenda as they discussed different Indigenous teaching methods and their application to real-life contexts. On April 16, in the context of our Research Forums, we had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Heike Neumann of Concordia University who presented her research on the subject of source usage in English as a Second Language (ESL) students’ academic work. Dr. Neumann presented many interesting findings and their implications for different ESL programs, at both Concordia and elsewhere. Both events were well attended, ending the academic year on a high note!

Mini-Symposium on University-Level Immersion

Mini-Symposium on University-Level Immersion


On April 4, the PSIRG hosted a mini symposium on immersion in higher education, with special guest Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages from 2006 to 2016 and a strong advocate of immersion. Students from the BIL 5520 Masters seminar – Selected topics in bilingualism studies: Immersion in higher education, taught by Professor Hélène Knoerr – presented their research projects to an engaged and informed audience. Students and professors from the Masters in Bilingualism Studies were in attendance, as well as Kevin Kee, Dean of the Faculty of arts, Anne-Chantal Soucie, Interim director of the Régime d’immersion en français, and Alysse Weinberg, PSIRG chair. This event allowed presenters and participants to engage in enriching conversations and to share perspectives. Thank you to all and congratulations to the four student presenters!


OLBI Student Awarded for Her Excellence as a Teaching Assistant

OLBI wishes to congratulate Mathilde Cames, a student in our Masters of Bilingualism Studies, who received one of the 2019 Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants. These awards aim to recognize the role of teaching assistants in improving student interactions with educators and developing their learning skills.

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