Omiya JALT ‘My Share!’, March 13th 2011

On March 13th five SCE members presented at JALT Omiya’s My Share! event:

  • Carl Bloomfield (SCE, ETJ): What are Heavy?: An ice-breaking and rapport building activity
  • John Finucane  (SCE, JALT): Interview Drills: Making textbooks more communicative
  • Ivan Botev (SCE, JALT) and Tyson Rode (SCE, JALT): Making English Communication Delicious!
  • Matthew Shannon (SCE, JALT): Game Show

Carl Bloomfield:  An Icebreaking and Rapport Building Activity

Abstract: This activity can be used, at various levels, with a new class. The activity helps students practice classroom English. It also helps to build rapport by asking students to work with each other and the teacher, to complete an activity in a personal but collaborative way.

John Finucane: Interview Drills: Making Textbooks More communicative

Abstract: This activity can be used to supplement your textbook, at various levels, to make your lessons more communicative. ‘Interview Drills’ can also be be used as a springboard to help students become effective debaters.

Ivan Botev and Tyson Rhode: Making English Communication Delicious!

Abstract: There is one thing that all junior high school students hunger for – school lunch. Two activities will be presented that show how to make English communication class more delicious by collaborating with the school nutritionist.

Matthew Shannon: Game Show

Abstract: This experience-based lesson demonstrates successful elements of contemporary and previous game shows, and how they might best be applied for content retention. Game-related issues such as problem creation, problem selection and scoring, and participant-response dynamics are specifically addressed through examples; a review of studies in cognitive science makes the case for testing as a means of effective content retention.


The Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally.  JALT has nearly 3,000 members, with 35 chapters and 26 special interest groups.  Omiya JALT is a JALT Chapter.

My Share!:  An event where members or guests present ideas, techniques, games and activities that have worked well.  Each presentation is around 15-30 minutes long, focusing on practical explanation, demonstration, or getting the audience to do the activity.

English Teachers in Japan (ETJ) is a free association for English teachers in Japan that encourages the exchange of information and teaching ideas and supports the professional development of teachers.

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