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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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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.
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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 did you 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

Sanni Yaya
Mar 1

The OVPIF mobilized to place La Francophonie in the realm of scientific and cul…

The University of Ottawa is a key player in the field of higher education and research in French, both in Canada and internationally.
The film “Monsieur Lazhar”
The film “Monsieur Lazhar”
Mar 14

Screening of the film “Monsieur Lazhar” with director Philippe Falardeau

OLBI invites you to a screening of the film “Monsieur Lazhar” in French with uOttawa alumnus and director Philippe Falardeau

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Feature article
May 4 to May 6

CCERBAL 2023 Conference – Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Transversal Compete…

Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Transversal Competences, Mobility, and Well-Being May 4, 2023 to May 6, 2023

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]

Office hours | Monday to Friday

September to May
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.