On November 1, a new cohort of brilliant students received their diplomas during the Fall 2019 Convocation ceremonies.
Among those individuals are two graduates from OLBI’s Master of Arts in Bilingualism Studies program, Stéphanie Bedou and Ed Griffiths.
This program allows postgraduate students to discover bilingualism in all aspects, offering an advanced education in several areas of applied linguistics, including bi- and multilingualism, technological advancements in language learning, language assessment, as well as language policy and planning.
Get to know our two most recent graduates:
Stéphanie is a graduate from the south-west of France whose desire to live in Canada as well as her love for languages led her to pursue an MA in Bilingualism Studies at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she studied linguistics, literature, Anglo-Saxon history as well as second-language teaching.
Prior to her arrival in Canada, she acquired international work experience in the field of language teaching and has worked in Austria, England and Scotland. At the present time, she is a project leader at JAME, a community organization located in Montreal that specializes in literacy and student retention.
“I really appreciated the fact that the program is bilingual, as it reflects my everyday life. I felt very fulfilled during my research and appreciated working closely with the professors. They were always available to help and taught us well!”
Ed is a postgraduate student from the UK who completed his undergraduate studies in classics (Latin/Ancient Greek) and Italian at the University of Oxford. After a visit to Japan, he fell in love with the Japanese language and stayed in Tokyo for a while, which sparked his interest in the cognitive and sociocultural processes involved in adapting to a new country and learning a new language. Consequently, he returned to the UK to complete an MA in Linguistics at the University of London.
His interest in linguistics later led him to become a research assistant at the University of Ottawa for the Linguistic Risk-Taking Project led by Nikolay Slavkov. It was through this experience that he found the inspiration to write his memoir within the M.A. in Bilingualism Studies program, taking on the same subject. He is currently completing a PhD in Education at Concordia University in Montreal.
“I think the language environment at OLBI is really unique. It’s a great chance to study and work in both of the two official languages of Canada without feeling pressured to have a perfect mastery of your second language.”