In Other Words - April 2018

Congratulations to our Recipients

OLBI wishes to highlight the continuing work and remarkable effort of our students who won a prize or a bursary. Congratulations!

Mathilde Cames

Mathilde Cames, an international student originally from France, has been enrolled at the University of Ottawa in the Masters of Bilingualism. After applying for the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française (CRCCF) bursary, Mathilde was selected as the winner. Her university and professional career has focussed on languages and the connections between cultures. Read more about Mathilde’s work here:

Erika Copeland

Erika Copeland received the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) bursary for her work on the subject of her experience in French Immersion. Erika was able to present the results of her research during the eighth UROP Symposium, which took place on March 22 at the University of Ottawa.


Lucas Cherkewski and Hannah Cummings


Lucas Cherkewski and Hannah Cummings, two students enrolled in the French Immersion stream at the University of Ottawa and who pursue their studies at an advanced level in French, have been awarded bursaries. They were awarded during the event organized by the Collège des Chaires de la francophonie canadienne and the Département de français to celebrate the Journée internationale de la francophonie.

Congratulations to all! We wish you the best in your future endeavours.

Supporting the growth of the Irish language in Canada: The work of Sheila Scott


Sheila Scott

One of our professors, Sheila Scott, was recently interviewed for an article in the Fulcrum, which featured her hard work and innovative academic approaches to teaching the Irish language and culture. Opening up about her own history and passion for Irish culture, Dr. Scott shares what attracted her to study the subject, and eventually do her PhD in Irish syntax and morphology.

Dr. Scott’s innovative approach to education has attracted a diverse crowd to her classes and events for a variety of different reasons. Hosting Irish teaching sessions, organizing monthly ceilis (traditional Irish dance parties), and founding the only Gaeltacht in North America are all ways in which Sheila is pioneering this new wave of Irish cultural education abroad.

After many years of repression under English rule, the Irish language is now making a comeback: “The culture is so rich, and even if you didn’t speak the language you were always proud of your Irish culture, and I think there’s an awareness now of how endangered the language is. And so, people who are celebrating their Irish culture are saying, well maybe my next step should be contributing towards keeping the language going” said Sheila.

Less than 15 days left before the CCERBAL Conference - Register now!



The 2018 edition of the CCERBAL Conference is fast approaching! Reserve your seat today by registering at the following link: 

Join us for a wide array of academic and social activities. The conference theme “Translanguaging: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global World” will be approached from various multidisciplinary perspectives. In addition to our plenary sessions, we offer a variety of round tables, symposia, workshops, individual presentations and posters. Our reception (included in the registration fee) will feature live music from Canto Sentimento Strings.


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