The program covers several important areas in applied linguistics, such as methodological and technological innovations in second-language instruction for adults, assessment of second-language proficiency in adults, language policies and planning in Canada and around the world, as well as many other contemporary issues related to bilingualism.

Its main objective is to provide a solid education in Bilingual Studies. It enables students to acquire advanced research skills through a specialized methodology course, research writing and, where appropriate, thesis research.

The program will draw on the expertise of professors from OLBI and other departments in the Faculty of Arts,

Who should apply to the MA in Bilingualism Studies?

Students with an honours Bachelor of Arts in:

  • Second Language Teaching / Didactique des langues secondes (or its equivalent);
  • Applied Linguistics;
  • A related discipline.

Students with a three-year Bachelor's degree in

  • Applied Linguistics, or a related discipline, in addition to a university-level, university-administered advanced certificate in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), representing a minimum of 30 credits.

    The program is bilingual, and students will be required to take seminars in both French and English. To be admitted, they must understand, speak, and write either French or English, and demonstrate comprehension skills in the other language. Candidates whose first language is not French or English must provide proof of proficiency in one or both languages. The list of language requirements is available under the specific program requirements.

For further information, including the application form, consult the Faculty of Arts.

MA in Bilingualism Studies - Options

  • MA with Thesis (2 years)

  • MA with Major Research Paper (1 year)

  • MA with Courses and practicum (1 year)

  • Dual degree with Université Lumière Lyon 2 (1 or 2 years, compatible with Thesis or Major Research Paper options)

These program options are detailed here: Program requirements

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Career opportunities

Career prospects for the graduates of this program are excellent in Canada and abroad. Graduates may find employment in several areas, including the following:

  • Teaching second languages to adults in language schools, colleges, universities, and other language institutes ;
  • Language planning and evaluation of language policy in government, local/national and international organizations and agencies;
  • Expertise in language management and language services for private sector companies or community-based programs;
  • Developing language assessment tools and tests;
  • Developing language software.
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