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Robert Swidinsky

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I have been a labour economist at the University of Guelph since 1972. My research interests include most areas of labour economics, including wage determination, gender wage differentials, relative earnings of visible minorities, topics in industrial relations, and, most recently, the determinants of language proficiency and the effects of language skills on wage and employment outcomes. Recent papers on the economics of language focus on the determinants of the retention of heritage languages, the wage effects of bilingual language skills, and the effects of the Official Languages Act on earnings in the federal public service.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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