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Post Secondary Immersion Research Group (PSIRG)

Welcome to the Post-Secondary Immersion Research Group (PSIRG).


The University of Ottawa has a long history of 2nd language teaching through immersion. The creation of French Immersion Studies in 2006 has given professors the opportunity to further explore the pedagogical and linguistic challenges posed by the delivery of second language instruction through an immersion model at the university level.

PSIRG was founded in December 2014 as a research group of the CCERBAL (Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning) of OLBI at the University of Ottawa.

The goal of this group is to link professors, specialists and eminent researchers in sharing their expertise and contributing to the development of immersion research in Canada at the university level.

Members of PSIRG disseminate their research findings through active participation at colloquia and conferences and the publication of their research.

Valia Spiliotopoulos
uOttawa campus

PSIRG Annual Meeting

PSIRG Pre-conference Annual Meeting - On May 3, 2023, PSIRG hosted its annual meeting as a pre-conference just before the CCERBAL conference. This was a hybrid event, entitled Engagement with Immersion, featuring guest speaker, Dr. Sandra Zappa Hollman from the University of British Columbia.
Register for this free event.


Current Issues in University Immersion

Current Issues in University Immersion

The Post Secondary Immersion Research Group is proud to announce the publication of Current Issues in University Immersion edited by Hélène Knoerr, Alysse Weinberg, and Catherine Elena Buchanan. This book is bilingual and French and English are equally present in the reflection on university immersion.
Learn more (in French)

Contact us

Post Secondary Immersion Research Group

70 Laurier Avenue East
Room 016
Ottawa ON   K1N 6N5

Tel. : 613-562-5743, Ext: 3465