Tadoku (Extensive Reading) Workshop Attracts More Than 40 Participants

Submitted by Geoffrey R. Waring on
Guest speakers at the Tadoku Workshop on Sept. 24th.

Senior Lecturer Izumi Matsuda-Kiami held a workshop on Japanese Tadoku at the University of Washington on September 24, which was attended by more than 40 participants.  This event was made possible by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation, with additional funding from UW Japan Studies and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.  The “Tadoku” (Extensive Reading) method has recently been attracting a great deal of attention in the field of Japanese language pedagogy.  During the morning session, presentations by the two keynote speakers, Prof. Kunihide Sakai and Ms. Makiko Awano, President and Vice-President of the NPO Tadoku Supporters, provided an opportunity for participants to become familiar with the theory of Extensive Reading, and taught participants how to establish a collection of reading materials.  The afternoon session consisted of two presentations given by Ms. Yuka Kumagai from the University of Southern California and Ms. Noriko Hanabusa from the University of Notre Dame, followed by group discussions.  The afternoon presentations focused on how Tadoku was incorporated into their Japanese programs, including a discussion of outcomes and student feedback.  After the presentations, the participants broke out into group discussions to brainstorm how Tadoku could be implemented into their own programs.