In Other Words - February 2019

Get Ready to Celebrate la francophonie!

March marks the beginning of the Mois de la francophonie, a month dedicated to celebrating Francophone culture and language on campus. We invite you to participate in the many activities planned. Let’s celebrate the richness of our Francophone community together!

Forum for uOttawa Academic Staff

In February, OLBI had the pleasure of hosting many University of Ottawa professors at its first-ever Forum for Professors! The forum gave professors the opportunity to share their perspectives on the ways in which bilingualism affects their professional activities and to discuss the advantages and issues associated with it.

Overall, the event was very rewarding. We would like to thank all those who attended, and we hope to repeat this experience in the future.

Centre d'apprentissage des langues

Did you know that OLBI’s Intensive Second Language Program has a new name? Rebranded as the Centre for Language Learning, this OLBI sector of activity now includes a whole new range of summer offerings. One new program and two new courses will feature a variety of intensive English language training tailored to different language levels and needs:

uoPAL: This experiential learning program will allow students from abroad to develop their English-language skills. Participants will complete a series of activities, including creating a survey exploring Canadian culture, editing a video comparing cultures of various countries, experimenting with different language styles in a writing exercise and keeping a travel blog to share the Canadian experience! The four-week program begins July 29, 2019.

Accelerated course: Our fast-paced ESL0140 course aims to improve our learners’ abilities in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students will be able to take detailed notes, organize information, converse with others and read texts about complex or abstract subjects.

JumpStart: Students admitted to the University of Ottawa with a conditional offer can now sign up for a course specifically designed for them! JumpStart aims to develop students’ academic and language skills in a university setting. Participants will benefit from various support tools to ensure that their experience at the University of Ottawa is the best possible.

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Straight from Lyon

Straight from Lyon

We have signed a double-degree agreement with the Université de Lyon II concerning our master’s in bilingualism studies and are pleased to welcome our first students from Lyon. Our new colleagues joined us for a bite to eat on January 23, as they shared their experiences. Anne Lechowicz and Calder Ferguson have also recorded a video discussing the program (in French) between our institutions and their personal experiences so far.  We invite you to check it out. While our students were still getting used to our winter climate, the cold didn’t manage to dampen their mood!

OLBI Research Forum: Peter MacIntyre

The OLBI team had the pleasure to host Peter MacIntyre of Cape Breton University during our most recent research forum, on Friday, January 25. MacIntyre discussed the different ways to examine anxiety, perceived competence and the desire to communicate among language learners, as well as the impact on research and teaching.

Couldn’t attend the forum and want to know more? Watch the video of the forum on our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook to know about coming events.

Our next forum will take place on March 29, when we welcome two colleagues from Carleton University, Jaffer Sheyholistlami and Rahim Surkha, who will explore the topic of automated corrective feedback in continued pronunciation training by automatic speech recognition. The event starts at 1 p.m.

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