The Julien Couture Resource Centre (JCRC) maintains an extensive collection of documents specific to independent learning and teaching of French and English. The Centre is open to the entire uOttawa community. The JCRC team is there to welcome you, guide you, and answer any questions you may have!
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Conversation workshops

Our conversation workshops give students the opportunity to interact in either French or English, and to discover certain new cultural aspects. After two years of mostly online interaction, we are really excited to meet you in person on campus. Most workshops will take place in person, at the Julien Couture Resource Centre and we are looking forward to welcoming you here!

Conversation workshops take place during the fall, winter and spring-summer semesters for students at the advanced, intermediate and beginner level. They go on for 12 weeks. Three student facilitators host the workshops, including two for French (FLS) and one for English (ESL). Would you like to learn more about conversation workshops? Read this Q&A.

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Conversation partners

Conversation partners are there to help you integrate socially and academically at OLBI.

Find a conversation partner, in French and/or English and take the opportunity to talk about your learning experience at uOttawa and OLBI in person or online.


Study area

  • Student Lounge, a quiet area where you can study at your own pace
  • Open space with tables and study rooms
  • Specialized journals in the field of language acquisition and bilingualism
  • Theoretical works on methodology in second language teaching and learning
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ILOBify is an app that allows you to expand your learning of French or English as a second language thanks to a host of resources: documentaries, films, articles, music, digital tools, and more!

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Educational resources and entertainment

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Movie afternoons at OLBI’s JCRC

Come and join us as we continue our Movie afternoons throughout the 2023 Winter term. Once again, we will be offering movies representing Francophone, Anglophone as well as other cultures and languages. This time, we are asking for your input in order to help us choose a movie. You will have an opportunity to vote for one of the three movies focused on a specific topic.

Online catalog

Online academic resources catalogue

Explore our new Julien Couture Resource Centre’s (JCRC) online academic resources catalogue! This platform enables members of the uOttawa community, both students and teachers alike, to access a great number of pedagogic and educational tools.
Online catalogue
Vara uOttawa Student
Student testimonial

“When I first heard about the workshops I was super excited to find an opportunity to practise my oral French in a safe space, free of judgment.”

Vara, student at uOttawa

Information Sessions
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Information Sessions
Jan 20

CCERBAL Research Forum

The Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) warmly invites you to its next research forum entitled, ‘…
Conversation workshops
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Conversation workshops
Jan 16 to Apr 14

Practise French and English

Have fun, come practise with friends and colleagues!
Movies afternoons at JCRC
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Movies afternoons at JCRC
Jan 20 to Jan 27

Movie afternoons at the Julien Couture Centre

Friday January 20 and Friday January 27: join us for a selection of movies in French, English, and in other languages.

Julien Couture Resource Centre

Email us

Hamelin Hall (MHN)
70 Laurier Avenue East, Room 02
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5

Email[email protected] 
Phone: 613-562-5800,
             ext. 3386 (Teaching) 
             ext. 3387 (Learning)   


Opening hours

Winter 2023 | January 9 – April 12, 2023*

Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*N.B.: The JCRC will be closed to the public for the Study Week (February 19-25) and over the Easter Holidays break (April 7-10, 2023). You can reach us with any urgent matters by sending us an email at [email protected] or by contacting the JCRC Documentalist, Bojan (Paco) Lalovic, through Teams.