World Languages and Literatures
My Instructional Development project is Tadoku 多読 that translates as Extensive Reading (ER) for Japanese language education. Tadoku or ER refers to “many readings” “reading a lot,” the idea of which in foreign/second language teaching has been practiced and theorized since 1950 in the US and Europe. In Japan, ER classes and promotional events, such as workshops and presentations for instructors, are sponsored by a Non-profit organization “Tagengo Tadoku” or “Tadoku Supporters.” This organization was established in 2002 by Japanese educators who originally explored effective reading methods in English language education. Tadoku Supporters later developed ER methods in Japanese.
I attended one of their organized workshops and observed a class in Japan to learn how to create a new ER Japanese class here at WMU. Instructional Development Travel Fund (IDTG), Discovery and Dissemination Award (CDDA), and Department of World Languages and Literatures supported my travel to Japan. Waldo Library has also supported my project through developing the collection for Japanese ER materials within the library.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Saito, Rika, "Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese" (2017). Academic Leadership Academy. 76.