In Other Words - March 2019

Launch of a review to modernize the Official Languages Act

 50th anniversary of Official Languages Act

On March 11, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, the University of Ottawa had the pleasure of hosting the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and la Francophonie, to announce a modernization project for the Act. OLBI, a leader in the fields of official languages and bilingualism in Canada, was well represented at the official announcement. Attendees included OLBI’s Director and Associate Dean, Jérémie Séror, as well as students from the Master in Bilingualism Studies program.

Putting Theory to Practice: Students’ Work in the MA in Bilingualism Studies

 MA Bilingualism Studies

Last semester, students in the MA Bilingualism Studies completed a project for their language assessment class, which has led to benefits that extend far beyond the walls of the classroom. Their major class assignment was the creation and piloting of an English placement test for a university in northern Haiti (Institut Supérieur et Universitaire ISUP-EMATECH), to support their efforts to develop an English language curriculum for their Masters students in education and human development. This university is the only one in the North of Haiti with a graduate degree program. The final product delivered to the university was a fully realised test, recommendations for instructional levels and content, and targeted English learning resources. Bravo to our MA students for their hard work!

Integrating Community Service Learning in University Teaching: A Springboard to Motivation

ext Thursday, March 28, the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) will be hosting a training on the integration of the Community Service Learning program (CSL), presented by one of OLBI professor, Laura Ambrosio. This model puts students in direct contact with reality and allows them to tackle new, concrete challenges involved in learning a discipline, and test their commitment to the community.

Are you interested in participating? Learn more or register by visiting Community Service Learning in University Teaching

Showcase by Students of French as a Second Language

April Arts showcase

OLBI is pleased to invite you to the showcase by students of French as a second language as part of Arts in April, a celebration of student creativity and excellence at uOttawa’s Faculty of Arts. The showcase will highlight bilingualism and the student experience in FLS. Students will share videos and digital presentations they produced that tell the story of their linguistic progression and the benefits of becoming bilingual.

Join us in celebrating and recognizing the commitment of the students who, through their academic career, stand out for their linguistic curiosity and their sustained efforts to improve their French.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019

Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Location: Hamelin Hall (MHN 509)

These presentations are open to all members of the University community and the public. We hope to see you there!

Forum de recherche du CCERBAL

The Kurdish Language: From Linguicide to Standardization

The next CCERBAL research forum will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 as we welcome Jaffer Sheyholislami, Ph.D and Rahim Surkhi, Ph.D., of Carleton University.

Date: March 29, 2019

Time: 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: 70 Laurier Avenue, E., Hamelin Hall, Room 509

In this talk, the speakers will provide an overview of the history and development of Kurdish language varieties in four countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Then, language policies of these nation-states, particularly with respect to Kurdish, will be critically evaluated. It will be illustrated that although Kurdish speakers continue to demand positive language rights the nation-state ideology of one nation equals one language perpetuates assimilating language management practices throughout Kurdistan. 

About the speakers

Register now!

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