Making bilingualism accessible

OLBI complies with accessibility standards, to ensure fairness for persons with disabilities. Implementing these standards has many advantages, including direct support for bilingualism and inclusion in all our areas of activity, such as teaching, research and business development.

Compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the shared responsibility of all uOttawa staff.

We’re required to make all content accessible at the outset when producing pedagogical material, PDFs, videos, web content and emails, whether distributed in person or online. For more, see the Accessibility Hub and Human Rights Office resources.

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OLBI’s Laura Ambrosio participates in international transversal competence event

In February, Professor Laura Ambrosio participated in a transnational think tank on transversal competences in language education presented by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe. Representatives from over 30 member states shared experiences and ideas on this topic.

OLBI is the national contact point for the ECML in Canada and uOttawa’s participation in this event was in support of the transformation in higher education in Ontario.

Transversal skills are an important component of the University’s commitment to teaching innovation and learning excellence. ECML transversal competence resources
complement our uOCompetencies and Transformation 2030 strategic plan.

The resources from CELV on cross-functional skills, available in English only, complement our uOCompétences and the Transformation 2030 strategic plan.

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Check out the latest issue of OLBI Journal

We’re pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of OLBI Journal, “Multiliteracies and Plurilingual Pedagogies in the 21st Century. Critical Responses to the New London Group’s ‘A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies.’” This special issue, edited by Angel M. Y. Lin, Catherine Levasseur, Geneviève Brisson, Keiko Tsuchiya and Bong-gi Sohn, is now available online through open access.

Explore its exciting articles, many of which deal with second language teaching. The issue covers four main themes: the plurilingual, trans/languaging/semiotizing stance; the new materiality/posthumanist stance; the action-oriented approach; and meta-analyzing the New London Group's founding text.

Editor in Chief Catherine Levasseur is an OLBI Assistant Professor.

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CCERBAL research forum | April 27

The next Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) research forum will take place April 27, from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Professor Valia Spiliotopoulos (uOttawa) will give a presentation titled, 'Supporting inclusion through innovation: Faculty perceptions of a content and language integrated model of support in a Canadian, anglophone university.'

The forum will take place online in English and French. Email CCERBAL to register for the April 27 forum and receive the Zoom link. You can also email CCERBAL for any requests for accommodation to attend the forum. Learn more about the “Supporting inclusion through innovation” forum


LARG research forum | May 6

Join us for the next CCERBAL Language Assessment Research Group (LARG) research forum, ‘Insights into academic language courses placement tests with self-assessment elements: working towards the inclusion of students in their placement.’ The forum will take place on Zoom in English and French May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The forum is intended for those with varying degrees of interest in the evolution of language, including professors involved in second language placement tests.

Email CCERBAL to register for the LARG research forum and receive the Zoom link. You can also email CCERBAL for any accommodation requests. Learn more about the LARG research forum.

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