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Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute is an integral part of the University of Ottawa, where excellence in teaching and innovation complement uOttawa’s commitment to bilingualism.
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OLBI offers language courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced

Students from all faculties may enrol in French as a Second Language (FLS, Français langue seconde) and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Staff and professors have access to FLS and ESL courses through the Language support program for employees. OLBI also offers accelerated FLS and ESL programs.
For more information and to enrol in a FLS or ESL course at OLBI
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English or French as a Second Language

Courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FLS) are meant to help anyone wishing to improve their French and English language skills. Courses are offered from a beginner level to an advanced level.
Register now to a Second Language Course!

Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL)

The CCERBAL fulfills the research mandate of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute. The Centre’s key research themes include language teaching and learning, new technologies, language assessment, and language policy, including family language policy.

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More to Discover at OLBI

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Why choose uOttawa?

“I chose uOttawa for the French opportunities on and off campus. I was attracted to the French program’s courses and small class sizes, uOttawa’s bilingual campus, and the city’s bilingual culture.”

Valerie Binder

European Day of Languages
Students who are conversing
European Day of Languages
Sep 26

OLBI's human library

The annual interactive event of the Living Library, taking place on the occasion of the European Day of Languages.
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Language column
Aug 10

Looking for an accessible definition of plurilingualism

Plurilingualism aims to celebrate the variety of semiotic resources a person has.
Learning and technology
Master in Bilingualism Studies alum Farhad Roodi
Learning and technology
Aug 10

MA graduate receives fellowship and Presidential Excellence Award

In August 2023, Farhad will begin a PhD in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University in Indiana.

Contact the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)

70 Laurier Avenue East
Room 130
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5743
Fax.: 613-562-5126
[email protected]

Temporary office hours

Monday to Thursday
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Indigenous affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded.

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home.

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future.

Learn more.