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Enrolling in a Second Language Course (ESL and FLS)

OLBI offers language courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Courses in French as a Second Language (FLS, français langue seconde) and English as a Second Language (ESL) are designed for language learners to help you improve your language skills. Students from all faculties may enrol in FLS and ESL courses for credit, as well as staff and professors through the Language program for employees. OLBI also offers accelerated FLS and ESL programs.

Follow these simple steps to enrol in FLS or ESL courses:

  1. Determine if you will take a course for academic units or an intensive course with no academic units. A placement test may be required.
  2. Choose your course
  3. Enrol!

FLS and ESL courses offered

With academic units

French as a Second Language (FLS, français langue seconde) and English as a Second Language (ESL)

Open the class search tool to find the FLS and ESL courses offered in the next academic year. 

No academic units

Intensive FLS and ESL programs

Learn more about our intensive program to learn English or French.

FLS and ESL courses for employees and professors

Learn more about our language courses for staff

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1 - Exploration and placement test

Already taken the test and know which course you wish to take? Go to step 3 to register now.

Intensive programs, no academic units

Follow this link to know more about our intensive program to learn English or French.

Courses with academic units

Placement test

Prior to registering to most FLS or ESL courses, you are required to complete the online Placement Test

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2 - Choose your ESL or FLS course

Already know which course you wish to take? Go to step 3 to enrol now.

Intensive programs, no academic units

Follow this link to choose your intensive program to learn English or French

Courses with academic units

Course levels and sequences

Based on your test result, or if you have previously taken ESL or FLS courses with OLBI, follow these links to familiarize with the course levels and available sequences and identify the courses you are eligible to register for. 

Choose your next French course (PDF, 64.8KB)

Choose your next English course (PDF, 70.5KB)

 

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3 - Enrol in an FLS or ESL course

Intensive programs, no academic units

Check the schedule for intensive FLS and ESL programs

Follow this link for session dates and fees for intensive FLS and ESL programs.

Register to intensive FLS and ESL programs

To register for FLS and ESL intensive programs in courses at the University of Ottawa, apply now through the Centre for Language Learning website.

Courses with academic units

Check the schedule

To view the schedule for an ESL or FLS courses with units (credits), visit the University’s timetable page. The courses of interest to you may not be offered every semester.

Enrol with uOZone

To enrol in courses at the University of Ottawa, go to uoZone (under Applications, click Enrol).

Conditional offer of admission requiring you to take ESL 2121 and/or ESL 2361

Contact your Faculty to register in the course. uoCampus on uOZone will not allow you to enrol online.
OR 
Visit OLBI's reception located in room 130 at Hamelin Hall to register in person

Graduate Students

For graduate students, make sure you have the approval of your program or Thesis Director. It is usually the case that the final grades in these courses do not count in a graduate student’s grade point average.  It is important to confirm this detail with the Office of Graduate Studies in one’s Faculty.

In order to help you better understand how enrolment works at uOttawa, we have a number of resources available for you on the Enrolment support page. For further assistance, book an appointment with the OLBI Secretariate.

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Interested in teaching French or English ?

Choose an elective course in teaching for the Fall semester:
Teach French : DLS 1500 - Introduction à la didactique des langues secondes
Teach English: DLS 1100 - Introduction to Second Language Teaching

Register on uoZone!
Learn more about the Major in Second Language Teaching

More FLS and ESL programs and course descriptions

ESL and FLS programs and course descriptions on this page will help you familiarize with available options. 

Intensive programs for FLS or ESL

Choose your intensive program to learn English or French

FLS and ESL programs of study

English as a Second Language (ESL): Major, Minor or Microprogram

French as a second language (FLS): Major, Minor or Microprogram

Course descriptions

English as a Second Language (ESL)

French as a Second Language (FLS)

Choose your next course

Choose your next French course (PDF, 64.8KB)

Choose your next English course (PDF, 70.5KB)

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Do you need help?

Question about our programs or courses? We are here to help!

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Room 130
Ottawa ON   K1N 6N5
Canada

Tel. : 613-562-5743
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Office Hours

Monday to Friday

September to May
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
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