The Julien Couture Resource Centre’s (JCRC) hosts a specialized collection of pedagogic and educational tools and activities for learners and teachers of French and English, or researchers in the field of bilingualism. All members of the uOttawa community are welcomed at the JCRC to participate in activities to practice French and English.
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
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Conversation workshops

Would you like to improve your French and/or English language skills? OLBI conversation workshops offer to all members of our community an opportunity to interact in French and/or English and to discover certain cultural elements that are language-specific, either in a group setting, with a maximum of 5 participants per session, or through a one-on-one format.

Most of our workshops are taking place in person at the Julien Couture Resource Centre. We are definitely looking forward to welcoming you here! The Centre is open all year long and you will find language support and resources for all levels, whether you are a beginner, or an intermediate or advanced learner.

Our workshops, in groups or on an individual basis, are facilitated by students like you who will be delighted to meet you! Our entire team is here to make your transition, both socially and academically, as smooth as possible. Come find a conversation partner, in French and/or in English and seize the opportunity to talk about your student experiences at OLBI and at the University of Ottawa. Read this Q&A.

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Educational resources and entertainment

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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!

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

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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

Spring 2023 | May 1st - June 30, 2023*

Monday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*N.B.: The JCRC will be closed to the public from July 3-14, 2023. For any urgent matters, please send an email to [email protected].