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.

Vasiliki Spiliotopoulos

Welcome Valia!

After a term full of challenges and unexpected circumstances in the context of the pandemic, it is time for me to take leave as Chair of our research group. My colleague Vasiliki Spiliotopoulos will take over. She can count on all my support and collaboration to continue our group’s mandate as a place for research and sharing in the domain of postsecondary immersion. Welcome Valia!

uOttawa campus

PSIRG Annual Meeting

This virtual PSIRG get-together, entitled Fifteen months of pandemic: what now?, seeks first to look back at the repercussions on our research, conferences, classroom practices, and also to look towards the future and reflect on the perspectives created by these new circumstances.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 pm, via Zoom.
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
[email protected]