e-Newsletter October 2017

Appointment of Chairs in Bilingualism

The Faculty of Arts and the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of two inaugural Chairs in Bilingualism, for a five-year term, as of July 1st, 2017.

Dr. Sylvie Lamoureux, Associate Professor, OLBI, will hold the Research Chair in Language Management. Her research focuses on Language Management in Canada, factors which influence French language speakers in a minority context, and questions of student access, experience, and success.

The Chair in Language Learning and Acquisition will be held by Dr. Christopher Fennell, Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. Dr. Fennell is a specialist in early word learning, infant bilingualism, and infant speech perception.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Lamoureux and Dr. Fennell for their appointments.

Call for Proposals - CCERBAL 2018 Conference

2018 CCERBAL Conference

We are pleased to share with you the Call for Proposals for the CCERBAL 2018 Symposium called Translanguaging: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global World to be held on May 3-4, 2018.

Proposals for presentations, posters, workshops, thematic symposia and round tables addressing the conference theme from multidisciplinary perspectives (educational, linguistic, social, policy, etc.) are welcome. Proposals will be accepted until December 15, 2017.

For more information or to submit your proposal, please visit the Conference website: https://ccerbal2018.sciencesconf.org/.

The Compendium of Language Management in Canada project

It is a pleasure to inform you that the Compendium of Language Management in Canada project (www.uottawa.ca/clmc) led by The Language Management Interdisciplinary Research Group has been online since early September.

Although the website is now active, there are pages still under construction. However, there is a wealth of useful information on the site including:

  • Political Foundations (by Linda Cardinal)
  • Linguistic History of Canada (by Jacques Leclerc)
  • Legislative Framework (by Pierre Foucher)
  • Language Rights (former site of the Language Rights Support Program)
  • Demolinguistic Statistics (by Jean-Pierre Corbeil and Alejandro Paez Silva


The site is currently being used as part of the Ontario Ministry of Education online courses (Grades 11 and 12). Do not hesitate to share it with colleagues: it is free to the public.

The official launch on the website will be on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Open House - Fall 2018

On October 28, the University will be holding its biannual Open House. OLBI will be presenting its various programs: Second Language Teaching, English as a Second Language and French as a Second Language. The Open House is an excellent opportunity for students to become familiar with our programs, to meet teachers and faculty members, other students, and to see what life on campus entails.

Please, click here to see the presentation schedule.

Research Forum

Fanny Meunier Research forum


OLBI is on Twitter


Follow us on Twitter to access more information and photos from OLBI and its activities: https://twitter.com/ILOB_OLBI

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