Now that summer is drawing to a close and the semester is beginning, OLBI extends a warm welcome to reward our returning students, professors, and staff members. The 2018-2019 academic year is packed with exciting events: the celebration of 50thanniversary of OLBI, the Second Language Teaching (SLT) Program 25th anniversary, new research forums, and even more! Stay tuned for more information over the next few months.
Put Your Shyness Away
Do you want to improve your conversational skills in your second language? Are you a student looking for a place where you can express yourself in your second language, without the pressure of an academic context? OLBI has what you need: sign up for one of our conversation workshops! These workshops are led by language mentors who are also students. We offer workshops at many different levels, so all you have to do is choose the one which is best for you.
Click here to consult the FLS workshops schedule.
Click here to consult the ESL workshops schedule.
Alysse Weinberg Scholarship: A New Scholarship Available for Students in the French Immersion Studies
Starting this year, a new bursary is available for students in the French Immersion stream. The $1,000 Alysse Weinberg Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student enrolled in the third year of an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa and enrolled in the French Immersion Studies. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need, according to the criteria outlined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa.
Alysse Weinberg, Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa's Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), created this scholarship to help promote the French Immersion Studies, the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and the Faculty of Arts.
Professor Weinberg began her career in 1980, teaching first part-time at the Centre for Second Language Learning, then at the Second Language Institute and later as a permanent faculty member at the Official Languages and Bilinguism Institute (OLBI). By transmitting her linguistic knowledge, she tried to broaden learners' horizons. She encourages student to communicate in their second language, promoting both canada's official languages.
Alysse Weinberg has taught students in the French Immersion stream since its creation in 2006. She specializes in teaching language courses, particularly in history, and has undertaken research and published extensively on various aspects of immersion pedagogy at the university level.
More details about the scholarship are available at: https://bourses.uottawa.ca/.
The French Immersion Studies thanks Professor Alysse Weinberg for her years of involvement with students, for her research in this field and for the annual scholarship.
The Language Management Research Group Workshop
Mark the date on your calendar! On Friday, November 2, the Language Management Interdisciplinary Research Group (LMIRG/GRIGL) will be hosting a workshop entitled “From Data to Analysis: Interpreting Language Data in the Census.” Come and learn how to work with and interpret census data on language with a little help from the experts. Get a tour of both the technical and analytical aspects behind such concepts as official-language minorities, multilingualism and much more!
The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room FSS 4006, and will feature two analysts from Statistics Canada who will share their practical experiences in this field. RSVP at ilobdir@uOttawa.ca
New Pedagogical Leader for the French Immersion Studies
This year, the French Immersion Studies welcomes more than 2,100 students from all years of study. Those students take immersion courses, FSL courses and courses from several disciplines in French, and come from the 6 host faculties. In particular, more than 420 of them are enrolled in 32 Second language-teaching courses (SLT) this fall, given by 14 OLBI professors.
Last year, Laurence Thibault supported these professors as the Pedagogical Manager for the French Immersion stream. We would like to thank Laurence Thibault for her commitment and hard work for the professors of the French Immersion Program.
This year, Hélène Knoerr took over. Dr. Knoerr holds a master's degree in teaching French as a foreign language and a doctorate in experimental, functional and applied phonetics. She has been active in the French as a Second Language programs at the University of Ottawa for 25 years as a researcher and professor. She has been involved since 2007 in research and teaching in French immersion at the university level.
Among other things, Ms. Knoerr will continue the work begun in order to update a collaborative space in Brightspace and set up workshops for SLT professors.
Have a great back to school everyone!
Interview of the Commissioner of Official Languages
This week, Raymond Théberge, the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, had an interview in which he detailed his passion, his career path, his influences, and his opinions on the subject of linguistic duality in Canada. Mr Théberge, a proud Franco-Manitoban, has been in office since January 29 2018 and is the first person to hold this title who is neither from Québec nor Ontario. You can read the entire interview by clicking on the following link: https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/blogue-blog/linguistic-duality-dualite-linguistique-eng
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