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Debra Jared

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The long-term goal of my research is to understand the mental representations and processes involved in the comprehension of written words and how these change with increasing reading skill. My research has examined two issues with respect to spelling-sound knowledge. The first concerns whether spelling-sound knowledge is used by skilled readers when they read silently. The second issue concerns how readers represent this knowledge in memory. Other research interests include the issue of whether bilinguals activate phonological representations from one or both of their languages when reading, the role of reading practice on word recognition processes, and how morphological units such as prefixes are represented and processed. My CLLRnet project examines reading development in children who are learning to read in two languages simultanously; specifically, children in French Immersion.

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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