The Julien Couture Resource Centre has a vast collection of documents for self-directed learning of French and English, along with modern technological equipment. The following resources are available:
- Field-related journals;
- Theoretical volumes;
- Course textbooks;
- Reference materials, dictionaries, etc.;
- Audio-visual aids.
- Graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Linguistics and the Faculty of Education's second language teaching section;
- OLBI professors and teachers.
The consultants' role includes interacting with students (i.e. welcoming students, orienting them and assisting them in locating materials appropriate to their level of ability). Consultants also provide individual attention to students, when time permits.
Second Language Monitors
The monitors provide students with practice in oral communication skills. These monitors work with individuals and small groups. They also provide extra help to students who use the Learning Section.The Learning Section is composed of 4 areas designed for individual work:
- A reading, composition, and reference area;
- A listening area, which consists of individual listening stations;
- A video room, where students may watch videos individually or in small groups;
- A computer room where students have access to multimedia work stations.
OLBI’s Mentoring Centre offers Conversation Workshops for...
- Students registered in language courses provided by OLBI;
- The entire student population of the University of Ottawa.
These workshops give students the opportunity to interact in their second language (English or French) and to discover certain new aspects of the culture.
Since the number of participants is limited to five per workshop, they must all actively participate in the different oral skills activities that the mentors organize. This stimulating and realistic environment allows students to comfortably practice the concepts they learn in their language courses.
Workshops are given during the fall and winter sessions to students at the advanced, intermediate and beginner level, and last 12 weeks. There are three mentors, including two for FLS and one for ESL.Description:
- 60-minute conversation workshops;
- Workshops are limited to five students at a time;
- Registration: Choose a session and sign up in person at the OLBI Learning Center, 70 Laurier E., room 106.
You may register as often as you wish. This service is provided free of charge.
Association des étudiants en DLS / DLS Student Association
We are your student association!
We are your link to the Faculty, and are here to represent you in any concerns you may have.
Our website is kept up-to-date with all events, workshops and opportunities that are available to you as a DLS student!
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OLBI has six language laboratories, all located on the 3rd floor of Simard Hall (SMD).
These are PC-based language labs that give teachers functionalities to create a range of different teaching exercises, and make classroom management and control easier. Students benefit from tools that help them focus on developing oral proficiency in the foreign language, and that also create stimulating classroom activities.
These are fully digital language teaching solutions, which provide students with durable user panels that are easy to operate. This affordable solution allows teachers to digitize analog content for convenient storage, retrieval and distribution.
At the launch on November 15, the Portail francophile unveiled its website and present its working team. We took the opportunity to show an original type of collaborative learning named "parrainage", with an in-class partnership between francophone and francophile students.
The Portail francophile website provides an easy access to all the resources available on campus to make learning in French a complete experience for anglophone students. These “francophiles” are growing in numbers at University of Ottawa, an institution famous for its academic excellence and bilingualism. The result of a fruitful collaboration between professor Alysse Weinberg, from ILOB, and professor Sylvie Perrier, from the History Department, Project Francophile aims to provide academic support to anglophone students taking courses in French. This project was supported by a grant from the “Fund for the Development of Initiatives on the Quality of Learning and the University Experience”, from the office of the Vice-President Academic.
Please click on the button below to access the Portail.
By living with a Canadian family, you will be able to increase your English language skills. You will have more opportunities to speak in English and learn more about Canadian culture, as well as receive help as you get used to living in Ottawa. Homestay families give generously of their time to students. Both the students and homestay families enjoy a rich exchange of cultures and learning. Host families are conveniently located near major bus routes to the university campus and Ottawa's many events and attractions.
Host families offer students "a home away from home" including:
- A comfortable private bedroom;
- Three meals daily & snacks;
- Access to laundry facilities and other amenities;
- Airport pick-up and drop-off on arrival and departure;
- Inclusion in the family's activities;
- Opportunities for English conversation.
To find out more, email