Reading Groups and Book Clubs


Book Lovers - Looking for a way to improve your diction and grammar in a foreign language? Or a simple way to work on your foreign language skills? Check out the current academic reading groupscasual book clubs, and extensive reading groups. We encourage you to join in!

If you are interested in forming a reading group or book club, please contact Denise Ayo ( In special cases, the CSLC will provide reading group facilitators to lead discussions.

Academic Reading Groups

Academic Reading Groups will move at the pace of one book or a few articles per semester, working through the text paragraph to paragraph to help build participants' vocabulary and familiarity with the target language's syntax. Typically, Reading Groups are taken for university credit.

Spring 2016 Reading Groups

Reading Russian (RU 40001)

Leader: Dr. David Gasperetti

This course helps students improve their reading proficiency in Russian by developing strategies for efficiently deciphering sophisticated texts, reviewing grammar, and exploring the art of translating from Russian into English. The reading list consists of works and excerpts from the canon of Russian literature as well as some non-fiction.


Fall 2015 Reading Groups

Modern Hebrew Reading Group

Leader: Shlomo Wadler 
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Dates: Fridays (except for 11/06)
Location: 329 DeBartolo (CSLC)

The main goal of this reading group is to increase the participants' proficiency in Modern Hebrew. As such, participants will read important articles and book chapters that pertain to the participants' research interests. A review of relevant grammatical forms will be given throughout the semester. (

Japanese Reading Club

Leader: Noriko Hanabusa
Time: Tuesdays, 3:30pm-5:10pm; Thursdays, 3:30-5:10pm
Location: Hesburgh Library 1F Fishbowl

Korean Reading Club

Leader: Hana Kang
Time: MW, 12:30-1:20pm
Location: CSLC

Descriptions of Past Reading Groups

Book Clubs

Book clubs are casual groups for students, faculty, and staff as well as their family who are interested in reading works of fiction in a foreign language. The ideal reading pace would be one book per month; but the group is free to design their own schedule and pick what novels they would like to read.

Spring 2016 Book Clubs

Russian Book Club

Leader: Delaney Schrenk
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Please contact Delaney ( if you are interested. 

Descriptions of Past Book Clubs

Extensive Reading 

Extensive Reading is an approach in which foreign language students read books in the target language for students' own pleasure and at a difficulty level appropriate for rapid reading without the need for translation. The CSLC sponsored the 2015 Extensive Reading Conference.

Chinese Reading Club

Leader: Xiaoyang Hu and Hye-Jin Juhn
Time: Wednesday, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Dates: 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, and 4/20
Location: Center for Digitial Scholarship, Classroom 129 in Hesburgh Library

The Library resource guide can be accessed here:

Spring 2016 Extensive Language Courses

Extensive Reading in Japanese II

Extended Korean Literacy Learning II