e-Newsletter July 2017
From June 27 to July 15, the University of Ottawa welcomed 56 students from across Canada to participate in Destination Clic. This program is a unique experience for students, putting into practice their learning of French and developing their capacity for autonomy. We are confident that the various skills acquired over the course of these three weeks will serve them well in their future student, professional and personal lives.
We thank Nathalie Dumas, Virginie Dubois, and Raphaël Corriveau for their hard work and energy.
Summer University for FLS/FSL Teachers
OLBI would like to thank all participants, speakers, and workshop facilitators from the Summer University 2017. This year, the program celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since its launch in 2008, several hundred teachers of French as a second language have come from all over the country to participate.
On this occasion, we would like to highlight some of the strengths of the program. The Summer School first developed an excellent training in technology, providing participants with the opportunity to discover new teaching and learning tools. In addition, meetings between participants and experts offer opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas, materials, and practices. Finally, because culture is the basis for learning a language, many cultural activities are organized throughout the program to allow participants to experience authentic situations and to get in touch with the community.
OLBI is particularly grateful to Jessica Durepos for organizing and coordinating this year's program.
"Culture is the indispensable link between the words of a language and the communities that wish to share it"
- Laura Ambrosio, FSL Teacher
News from the Julien Couture Resource Centre
The Julien Couture Resource Centre is preparing to welcome you back to school. Students and teachers will find an extensive collection of resources for teaching and learning English and French. The Center is currently working on bringing a search catalog online, keep an eye open in the coming months!
Some changes within the Directorate
New appointments took place this month at the Institute.
Jérémie Séror has been appointed Director of the Institute of Official Languages and Bilingualism and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts for a three-year period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020;
Marie-Josée Hamel was appointed Director of Graduate Studies;
Marie-Claude Dansereau is now Coordinator of the second language teaching program;
Nikolay Slavkov is the new Director of the Canadian Center for Studies and Research in Bilingualism and Linguistic Planning (CCERBAL);
And Beverly Baker was appointed to the position of Director of Language Assessment, extended for an additional year.
We congratulate them all and welcome them to their new positions. We also thank their predecessors Sima Paribakht, Nikolay Slavkov and Marie-Josée Hamel for their excellent work and dedication to the advancement of OLBI.