(note: the bot updates every 5 minutes)
(note2:let me know if you plan on participating but will be reading something other than Japanese)
Did you see my twitter name in the list above? I went so far as to register myself in the contest and I'll be starting to update my reading history through twitter. When I first came to know the contest, I didn't think there will be other participants who are going to read other than Japanese, but a small number of participants read such as Chinese, Italian material.
I sent a mail to Prof. Sakai and explained about this contest, but he seems to be at a loss saying, is this real? :-)
If you take some time to surf around the Internet, then you might notice that some enthusiastic serious language learners all over the world started to realize that learning languages can be real fun and it can be done quite easily and effectively by utilizing fast-growing number of technology in the Internet. You don't need to attend famous but costly schools and take boring lessons. Language partners are out there waiting for you at lang-8, Mixer, Mocha and so on. Tons of raw material suitable for all levels of learners are available in the Internet at Youtube video and podcast. You can get your hands on as many picture books and children's books as you like by ordering at Amazon, Bookdepository and other online bookstores.
Considering all these changes of the environment surrounding the language learners, it's not that surprising to see more and more people come to be fascinated with the pleasure and the effectiveness of tadoku approach. I'm afraid while schools, teachers in Japan are hopelessly continue to discuss if they should implement tadoku, how they should measure the progress of the students in tadoku classses and if tadoku is helpful to take good scores in the tests such as college entrance examinations and TOEIC, tadoku would be language learners' common practice in the world.