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Dr. Geva is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. The bulk of Dr. Geva’s research, publications, conference presentations, and workshops concern issues in the development of second-language reading and language skills in children and adults from various linguistic backgrounds. In recent years, Dr. Geva’s research interests have focused primarily on theoretical and clinical aspects of language and literacy development in English-language-learning school children. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and a National Center of Excellence (CLLRNET). Recently, Dr. Geva obtained (with Michal Shany from Haifa University) a grant to study developmental and instructional issues in the literacy development of Ethiopian children in Israel. Dr. Geva was a member of the Highly Qualified Personnel committee of CLLRNET and is currently a member of the Knowledge Mobilization Committee. Dr. Geva has served on various U.S. and Canadian committees concerned with research and policy issues pertaining to literacy development in minority children, including the National Literacy Panel (US Office of Education). Moreover, her clinical and research work with minority children resulted in the book Interprofessional Practice with Diverse Populations: Cases in Point (co-edited with A. Barsky and F. Westernoff). Dr. Geva has published numerous chapters and articles concerning literacy development in ESL children.

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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