Welcome to the Post-Secondary Immersion Research Group (PSIRG).
The University of Ottawa has a long history of 2nd language teaching through immersion. The creation of French Immersion Studies in 2006 has given professors the opportunity to further explore the pedagogical and linguistic challenges posed by the delivery of second language instruction through an immersion model at the university level.
PSIRG was founded in December 2014 as a research group of the CCERBAL (Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning) of OLBI at the University of Ottawa.
The goal of this group is to link professors, specialists and eminent researchers in sharing their expertise and contributing to the development of immersion research in Canada at the university level.
Members of PSIRG disseminate their research findings through active participation at colloquia and conferences and the publication of their research.
From 21 to 23 November 2019
University Immersion and its impact on Students: The current situation
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, the Association for Canadian Studies, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and Canadian Parents for French hosted a bilingual summit fostering linguistic duality within the context of increasing diversity and multiple identities. The conference took place from 21 to 23 November 2019 in Gatineau. Six PSIRG members participated: Hélène Knoerr chaired a bilingual panel entitled University Immersion and its impact on Students: The current situation, with papers presented by Hélène Knoerr, Laura Castano Laverde, Catherine Buchanan, Alysse Weinberg, Jérémie Séror and Thierry Simonet. This panel was made possible by funding from PSIRG.
From 15th October to 18th October 2019
Bilingual Spaces, Multilingual Values: a case study.
The 6th ICLHE Conference (Integrating Language and Content in Higher Education), Multilingualism and Multimodality in Higher Education, took place in Castellón (Spain) from 15th October to 18th October 2019 with the objective to share research results in which participants identify several types of multimodality in multilingual higher education institutions. Professor Jérémie Séror presented a paper co-authored with Alysse Weinberg and Thierry Simonet entitled Bilingual Spaces, Multilingual Values: a case study.
Selected topics in Bilingualism Studies – Postsecondary level Immersion
The PSIRG hosted a mini symposium on immersion in higher education, with special guest Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages from 2006 to 2016 and a strong advocate of immersion. Students from the BIL 5520 Masters seminar – Selected topics in bilingualism studies: Immersion in higher education, taught by Professor Hélène Knoerr – presented their research projects to an engaged and informed audience. Students and professors from the Masters in Bilingualism Studies were in attendance, as well as Kevin Kee, Dean of the Faculty of arts, Anne-Chantal Soucie, Interim director of the Régime d’immersion en français, and Alysse Weinberg, PSIRG chair. This event allowed presenters and participants to engage in enriching conversations and to share perspectives. Thank you to all and congratulations to the four student presenters!