I am an international student from France. I have been enrolled in the Master’s in Bilingualism Studies Program at the University of Ottawa since September 2017,. It is a really exciting program and exactly what I was looking for, a multi-disciplinary approach to issues in multilingualism and languages in minority contexts.
The Bourse de recherche sur les francophonies canadienne et nord-américaine was awarded to me through a competition in which I participated spontaneously, after having researched available scholarships for Francophone international students. I submitted a summary of my thesis project and a file with all my transcripts, my studies and past experiences, as well as two letters of recommendation from OLBI faculty who knew my project and my ambitions best, including my supervisor, Professor Sylvie Lamoureux, Research Chair in Language Management, and Professor Nikolay Slavkov, Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL).
I have a university and professional career centered on languages and the connections between cultures. I first studied translation for two years, followed by English literature, linguistics and second-language teaching for an additional two years in Pau, France. Following this, I completed a master's degree in second language teaching and sociolinguistics in Tours, France. During my studies, I also took Basque classes, I taught myself Gascon, a regional language of the Pyrenees. I also teach French in France and in the United States, before finally arriving here.
Mathilde Cames, Graduate Research Assistant and student at the master in Bilingualism Studies