Tadoku is a way of reading that allows students to read a variety of readings that are easy, interesting and fun so that it motivates them to read more. In addition, they can also get new information about things they read.

When students read a large number of various texts, it becomes a useful linguistic input for their Japanese language development. Kana, kanji, vocabulary, and grammar that appear repeatedly in the text will make them have a better understanding of the things

Tadoku can be applied in independent learning as well as in the classroom. Here are tips for teachers who want to apply tadoku in their learning.

For teachers:

Besides the 4 golden rules above, in classroom teachers should consider the following things (Day & Bamford, 2002)

1. Set assignments to give students the opportunity to read

The assignments given by the teacher can trigger students to read various texts in Japanese.

2. Give options to students

In classroom, students have different interests. Perhaps the students also have different Japanese language skills and motivation. Reading the same text is not necessarily interesting for all students.

3. Guide students to read according to their ability

Sometimes students don’t know which reading level to start at. In this case the teacher can provide appropriate reading suggestions.

4. Do class activities after reading

After carrying out tadoku, setting class assignments/activities that can deepen their understanding of the text. Assignments can be in the form of make a review, a short speech to introduce the text, a role-play inspired by a story they read, and so on.

5. Teacher as a role model in reading

Teachers need to motivate students by showing that teachers also like and are consistent in reading. This can be done by recommending interesting text the teacher read in class.


多読(たどく)は、学生がかんたんでおもしろい読み物を読み、それによって読む楽しさを感じる学習法です。 さらに、たくさん読むことで、いろいろな新しい知識も得ることができます。

学生がさまざまなものを読むことは日本語の発達につながる大事なインプットになります。 読みものに繰り返して出てくる文字、語彙、文法の意味や使いかたをより深く理解できます。

多読は、教室だけでなく、自律学習(じりつがくしゅう)にも応用できます。 学生が自分で多読をするときに、大切なルールを覚えておきましょう。

(NPO多読から由来 https://tadoku.org/japanese/what-is-tadoku/