Exploring Multilingualism in Canada: Past, Present and Future Journeys

Panellists: Chief Ian Campbell (Squamish First Nation), Dr. Jérémie Séror (University of Ottawa) and Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau (Bishops University)

Date: Thursday February 10, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m. (PST)

Moderator: Fiona Shaw (Associate Director, EAL Initiatives, Curriculum and Instruction Division, Centre for Educational Excellence)

Mode: Zoom (Register Here)

What are some of the challenges and affordances of the evolving nature of multilingualism in Canada, and what does it mean to be multilingual in 2022? Join us for this discussion with panellists Chief Ian Campbell, Dr. Jérémie Séror, and Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau, as they share critical perspectives of multilingualism in Canada, drawing on their own personal and professional journeys before collectively reflecting on Canada’s multilingual future.

Bilingualism and Beyond - 2021
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Bilingualism and Beyond: Advancing the Thinking on Pedagogies, Policies and Practices

April 29 - May 1, 2021



Françoise Armand – Université de Montréal
James Cummins – University of Toronto
Onowa McIvor - University of Victoria
Eva Vetter - University of Vienna

The conference is organized by CCERBAL in collaboration with EDiLiC
EDiLiC International Association 

A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. The world has taken a multilingual turn: an increased awareness that monolingualism is an exception rather than a norm and unprecedented mass migrations have created impetus for continued pedagogical, assessment, policy, and technological innovations to reflect changing global realities. New calls for recognition and specific actions to support diversity, inclusion, equity, and citizenship related to languages have also come to the forefront of global thinking.

THE CANADIAN CONTEXT. In keeping with global trends, Canada has entered a new era in its thinking and actions regarding the role and impact of languages in its complex and diverse social fabric. Continuing to celebrate French-English bilingualism, the Government of Canada has recently launched consultations on modernizing the Official Languages Act and has announced an investment of over $16 million to implement a free learning and maintenance program for French and English. Strong voices for according a new place and offering higher recognition to Indigenous languages have triggered consultations on an Indigenous Languages Act. In addition, close to 23% of Canadians report having a language other than English or French as a mother tongue (Statistics Canada, 2017).

THE CALL. Within this rich and stimulating global and local context, the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) is launching a call for its 2020 Conference. We welcome proposals for individual presentations, posters, symposia, round tables and workshops transcending boundaries and bringing thinking and action to the next level on topics related, but not limited, to the following:

  • Language teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Language and Technology
  • Language policy and family language policy
  • Flexible, experiential, community and informal language learning
  • Academic literacies, multiliteracies and multimodality
  • Languages of schooling, immersion studies, bi-/multilingual education, language intensive programs
  • The role of L1(s) or mother tongue(s) in second/additional language teaching
  • Inclusion, social justice and equity
  • Creation and intersection of third spaces and dialogue between spaces
  • Language and migration
  • Plurilingualism, multilingualism, translanguaging
  • Official languages, Heritage languages, Modern languages, Indigenous languages, Sign languages, Minority languages, ‘Big’ languages vs. ‘Small’ languages
  • Languages other than English (LOTE)


Submissions open: August 1, 2019

Submissions close: December 1, 2019

Conference dates: April 29 - May 1, 2021

VENUE: Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa.

FEATURED EVENTS: Plenary sessions, round tables and thematic symposia, professional development workshops, social activities and more.


Nikolay Slavkov (University of Ottawa), Marie-Paule Lory (University of Toronto Mississauga) and Catherine Levasseur (University of Ottawa).

For more information, please contact us at the following address:

Conference Web site:

Translanguaging: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global World - 2018

Translanguaging: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global World

Plenary speakers: Ofelia García (City University of New York), Guillaume Gentil (Carleton University), and Danièle Moore (Simon Fraser University)


Venue: Social Sciences Hall, University of Ottawa.

Conference dates: May 3-4, 2018.

Featured events: Round tables and thematic symposia on Linguistic Risk-Taking, Bilingual and Multilingual Policies, and much more.

Conference theme: Translanguaging, a construct referring to the complex use of more than one language as a (combined) resource, has captured the imagination of researchers, educators, and policy makers around the world. The role of translanguaging as a linguistic and social practice in family, community, educational and institutional contexts raises a number of stimulating and challenging questions that call for continued discussion.

CCERBAL 2018: Ofelia Garcia's Plenary Session
CCERBAL 2018: Danièle Moore's Plenary Session
CCERBAL 2018: Guillaume Gentil's Plenary Session


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Bilingual from birth: process, pedagogy and policy - 2016


CCERBAL Conferences

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa

Visit our OCS website for registration, the program, parking and additional information

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April 28 & April 29, 2016

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), through its research centre the CCERBAL, is hosting an international conference titled ‘Bilingual from birth: process, pedagogy and policy’

The two-day conference will be a unique occasion for researchers, teachers, students and all others with an interest in bilingual development to gather and share knowledge and ideas. Invited symposia on the topics of “Simultaneous bilingualism from an early age“ and “the Consequences of bilingualism for identity“ as well as round table meetings on “Raising kids in more than one language“ and “Cultural and intercultural policy aspects“ will provide forums for in-depth discussions of the conference themes and will facilitate exchanges between invited speakers and participants. The conference will be held on the University of Ottawa bilingual campus, in Canada’s national capital. It welcomes proposals on the teaching and learning of second and foreign languages, from a life development point of view, in a wide range of contexts. In light of the venue of the conference, proposals on the learning of Canada’s official languages (French and English) as well native, heritage and minority languages will be of particular interest.

Proposals are invited for papers, workshops or posters on (but not restricted to) the following topics:

  1. Simultaneous acquisition of more than one language
  2. Cognitive and social consequences of bi and plurilingualism
  3. The evaluation of bilingual competence
  4. The characteristics of exceptional bilinguals
  5. Societal and policy implications of bilingual development
  6. The simultaneous and/or sequential teaching of more than one language
  7. Innovative research methods in bilingual development
  8. Lexical, phonological, and syntactic aspects of bilingual development.

Conference chairs are Christopher Fennell ( and Richard Clément (

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Literacies and Autonomy of Advanced Language Learners - 2014

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute
University of Ottawa
April 24 and 25, 2014

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute’s research centre, CCERBAL, is organizing its sixth international conference, to be held in April 2014 on the bilingual campus of the University of Ottawa. The seminar theme will address a wide variety of perspectives, including:

  • Assessment and evaluation of the competency of high-level bilinguals. We will explore descriptors proposed by the various bodies such as CEFR, Canadian Benchmarks; the limits and challenges of various testing and assessment tools, and the ideologies linked to advanced language learners/users.
  • Acquisition and maintenance of advanced language competencies. We will examine the challenges and choices related to second language teaching and learning for advanced language learners; the language support needs of high-level bilinguals.
  • The use of technology for teaching and language learning at an advanced level. We will discuss the challenges and issues related to autonomy, autodidaxy of the advanced learner, of those best adapted to teaching and learning for advanced language learners of technological resources to support high-level bilinguals in the workplace, of the training of teachers and instructors.
  • Language policy, planning and maintenance in bi/multilingual work spaces. We will address the structures required to support the competency of high-level bilinguals of the place of language on the hiring, promotion and renewing of personnel of value and recognition of bi/plurilingual competencies in the workplace.

This two-day conference will be a unique occasion to meet in order to share and discuss ideas, findings, knowledge and practices for researchers, teaching professionals, students, language policy specialists and planners as well as other participants with an interest in the thematic of advanced language learners.

The plenary speakers:

The symposium of the Research Chair in CALL:

Round Tables:

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Conference SCHEDULE with authors and Rooms (April 23rd, 2014)

Innovative Practices in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) - 2012
Latinus - 2012
20Bliain - 2011
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