Earle sensei’s books do the following:

  • Are not only “made easier” for non-native readers but also contain carefully selected words and sentence patterns based on the reader’s reading level to teach authentic Japanese.
  • Contain visual clues, such as photographs and illustrations, to enable readers to easily follow the story.
  • Contain cultural aspects to enable the readers to “feel” and experience the Japanese culture.
  • Include ten levels so that the reader can progress at their own pace.
  • Are in alignment with the Australian Japanese Curriculum and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
  • Include over 250 Kanji with furigana (all Kanji from the Senior Japanese Syllabus).
  • Use textbook fonts for the beginner levels and gradually introduce various fonts as the reading level progresses.

My aim is to help readers to experience successful reading so that they say, “I could read a story by myself” and “I enjoy reading Japanese books now.” I want to help readers to enjoy the journey of becoming more confident and avid readers in Japanese.

READING LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS

初級レベル Beginner Level (Book Level 1 – 3)

Words & Phrases Level ・ Simple です・ますSentence
 ひらがな、カタカタ、易しい漢字(振り仮名付き)Written in Hiragana, Katakana, and basic Kanji with Furigana
 Equivalent level to the Australian Curriculum Japanese Language, Foundation – Year 6 Achievement Standards

Level 1

Level 2

  • Factual descriptions, literacy descriptions, and information reports

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Level 3

  • Factual descriptions, literacy descriptions, information reports, narratives, recounts, etc.

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中級レベル Intermediate Level (Book Level 4-6)

ます・て・たい Form 文章 & 五段活用Godan grade conjugation
 ひらがな、カタカタ、ふりがな付き漢字 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4 & N5: 170 KanjiJapanese Senior Syllabus: 300 Kanji)
 Equivalent level to the Australian Curriculum, Year 7-10 Achievement Standards

Level 4

  • Factual descriptions, literacy descriptions, information reports, narratives, explanations, recounts, etc.

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Level 5

  • Factual descriptions, literacy descriptions, information reports, narratives, explanations, recounts, etc.

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Level 6

  • Factual descriptions, literacy descriptions, information reports, narratives, explanations, recounts, etc.

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上級レベル Advanced Level (Book Level 7 – 9)

 Equivalent level to the N4 & N5 Japanese Language Proficiency Test and above  Equivalent level to the Year 11-12 Senior Japanese Syllabus                                     Written in ひらがな、カタカタ、ふりがな付き漢字 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 & N4: 170 KanjiJapanese Senior Syllabus: 300 Kanji

Level 7

  • All text types

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Level 8

  • All text types

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Level 9

  • All text types

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