I'm sooooo happy, because I got a letter from my student.
I was a private English, kind of, teacher of her and she came to my house once a week for about two years when she was an elementary student.
I wrote here 'kind of' because I was like a friend's mother who happen to be good at English and she spent time in my house with me like a mother and a daughter.
We enjoyed reading Oxford Reading Tree.
I let her take home several easy books and tapes for a week and checked if she can read them when she came the next week.
She was able to read books in Stage 7 when I quit teaching.
She is the second grade in junior high school now.
She says she's been having all 5s, the best score, in English up to now.
And more, she writes she wants to read some English books and wants me to send some.
I was sure that reading simple and easy stories is the best way for a beginner of English because my daughter had showed amazingly good results simply by reading English books.
I didn't follow usual approaches and I didn't teach anything at all about grammatical things.
I think tadoku gave her something special that you cannot get if you did the usual approach, studying grammatical things and translating English into Japanese.
Her letter is a proof that my approach, tadoku, is quite effective to learn English.