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LANG 5800: TADOKU (Japanese Extensive Reading Program)

LANG 5800: Tadoku, Japanese Extensive Reading

 LANG 5800: Japanese Extensive Reading Guide  

 Dr. Rika Saito

This guide lists some of the collection of graded readers for the extensive Japanese reading program by level. 

  • These books are kept in Waldo Library, on the first floor with the reference books. From the entrance, go past the cafe and take the first right. Continue until you reach the reference section. They are on the shelves on your right
  • These books cannot be checked out. 

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What is TADOKU?

What is tadoku?  Ta’  means ‘a lot’, and ‘doku’ means ‘to read’ But you don’t read a lot of difficult books. You start reading a lot of extremely easy books that you can really enjoy.

1. Easy books are good for understanding.

2. You understand well so you read more.

3. Reading becomes a fun thing to do.

4. So you read even more.

5. Your Japanese gets better and better.

That’s tadoku!


4 Golden Rules of TADOKU

1. Start from scratch. Read easy books you can enjoy without translating. That way, you will understand better and will read more

2. Don’t use your dictionary. Guess the meaning from the pictures and/or the story.

3. Skip over difficult words, phrases and passages. If guessing doesn’t work, go on reading. You can often enjoy the book without understanding every small detail.

4. When the going gets tough, quit the book and pick up another. The going gets tough when the book is not suitable for your level or your interest. Simply throw the book away and start reading something else.