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S. Hélène Deacon

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My research concerns the development of reading and writing skills in monolingual and bilingual children. I work in collaboration with many wonderful colleagues, teachers and children. I came to this area of research following on my initiation into research in bilingualism as an undergraduate. I have a particular interest in children's understanding of the way that words are made up of roots and affixes, which I developed during my doctoral work on spelling development with Peter Bryant at the University of Oxford and my post-doctoral research with Janet Werker on young children's perception of the plural. I am pleased to be involved in the Network as I view inter-disciplinary discussions as a critical cornerstone of scientific activity.

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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