Summer Japanese Reading Club

Summer course. The WTMA Summer Japanese Reading Club is designed to keep Japanese-language students practicing their language skills and engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading and learn more about the Japanese language, culture, and history. This club is appropriate for students who have completed Japanese I with the Well-Trained Mind Academy. All text options above are appropriate for students at this level. Students who have completed Japanese I or II at a different institution may register for the club after consultation with the instructor.

When reading, students are asked to follow the rules of tadoku, Japanese-style reading practice: (1) Begin with material that’s below your level; (2) Never use a dictionary; (3) Skip over any individual words you don’t understand; and (4) If you go multiple pages without understanding, try a different text. For this reading club, there is an additional rule: (5) No competing with your fellow club members. Students should seek to improve in comparison to their own previous status, not against anyone else.

Prerequisite: Japanese I or II

Please Review Before Registering

  • Example Syllabus
  • Free printable graded readers from
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 20 students.
  • Designed for grades 7-12.
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