E-newsletter June 2018

June 2018


On June 20, OLBI’s Interdisciplinary Research Group in Languages and Technology (GRILT) is organizing a symposium open to the university community at large. The discussions will centre on the topic of “Technology in language teaching: For better or for worse: Stories of mixed marriages: In person and at a distance!” This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room VNR 1042 (warning: the room has changed) at the Vanier Hall. 

Here is the schedule:

10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.: Opening statements from OLBI Directors, the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS), and GRILT

10:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Conference – For better or for worse of language technology: Stories of happy marriages!

12:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Lunch

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Presentation – Technology for an Interactive Classroom

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Presentation – Les outils de Brightspace qui soutiennent l’enseignement/l’apprentissage d’une langue (in French)

3 p.m.: Conclusion

Save your seat today by sending an email to mrheaume@uOttawa.ca.

Do you want to learn more about the different presentations? Check out the following link: https://twitter.com/ILOB_OLBI/status/1003631845936910337

OLBI at WEFLA 2018

(Pictured above: Dr. C. Reynaldo Velázquez Zaldívar, Rector of the University of Holguin, and Dr. Monika Jezak of OLBI)

From April 26-28, Dr. Monika Jezak, Assistant Director, OLBI, attended the 12th annual International Conference on Foreign Languages, Communication and Culture (WEFLA), which was held simultaneously with the 12th annual International Seminar on Canadian Studies in Holguin, Cuba. Monika was involved in the planning of these conferences, and was invited to give the opening plenary address. In addition, Monika, on behalf of the University of Ottawa, signed an agreement between the University of Ottawa and the University of Holguin to strengthen the ties that have existed between both institutions for over two decades. Dr Vilma Paez, a professor from the University of Holguin, will visit the University of Ottawa on June 18 to discuss in depth future collaborations with members of our university community.

Thanks to the dedicated work of Monika and OLBI colleagues Karen Borland, Mireille Hutchison, Renos Dossous, and Jaklin Zayat, OLBI had great media coverage in Holguin. We look forward to seeing the work that our institutions will accomplish together!

Have your second language skills certified!

Do you want to stand out when it comes time to find a job? Do you have a mastery of English or French? OLBI has the course for you! Our Second Language Proficiency Certification, under the course codes ESL 3100 and FLS 3500, is a self-study course that offers you the chance to get your English or French Second Language skills officially recognized. Learn more at the following link:

Public Consultations - Official Languages Regulations

The federal government has launched public consultations to gather the opinion, views, and perspectives of Canadians on their experience with federal services in the official language of their choice. By participating, your opinion will help inform the development of modernized Official Languages Regulations.   Access the survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/values-ethics/official-languages/public-services/share-your-thoughts-public-consultation-review-official-languages-regulations.html

If you have any questions or comments about the consultations, please communicate with them at the address below:

Official Languages Centre of Excellence
Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada
219 Laurier Avenue West, 10th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R5
Email: OL-Regulations-Reglement-LO@tbs-sct.gc.ca

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