Tadoku Collection

Students learning the Japanese language gathered at Central Library to read their favorite Japanese books last Friday, March 24, 2017, from 3:30 to 5 pm.

Japanese books on library shelves
Tadoku collection (Japanese materials) at Central Library

The books are from the new Tadoku Collection on the main floor of the Central Library in the Leisure Reading alcove. “Tadoku” (多読) means “extensive reading” and refers to graded reading materials that help students gain reading comprehension, reading speed and vocabulary in Japanese.

“It was a fun event! I was impressed that, despite the sunny weather, many of the students stayed the full time and read together,” said Asian Studies Librarian Yuh-Fen Benda.

Benda collaborated with Japanese instructor Michiru Lowe to win a Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant two years in a row from the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles. The Tadoku Collection will be incorporated into assignments and syllabi for Japanese students.

Anyone who wants to learn to read Japanese is welcome to stop by and take a look!

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