Yokohama JALT, My Share!

On Saturday the 18th of december Yokohama JALT (YoJALT) held a My Share event.  Two SCE members presented:


John Finucane (SCE, JALT): Interview Drills: Making textbooks more Communicative

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

Handout: The handout for this presentation can be downloaded here.

Podcast: Listen to a recording of John’s presentation below.



Matthew Shannon (SCE, JALT): My Kids Can Beat Your Kids – Lessons Learned from Debate in Municipal Junior High School (MJHS)

Abstract: Alternately titled “How to climb a mountain in 90 minutes or less”, this presentation reviews the obstacles (and solutions) to applications of English debate at the JHS level. Drawing on five years of experience across 57 schools, the results are clear – debate is an appropriate, attainable, and natural conclusion to compulsory English education.


Yokohama JALT (YoJALT) is the Yokohama chapter of the Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT).  YoJALT covers the whole of Kanagawa Prefecture, with members meeting monthly to help each other grow in teaching and learning ability.

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.  Yokohama 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.

Municipal Urawa Junior High School (MUJHS) is Saitama City’s flagship Junior High School.  As a feeder school for Municipal Urawa High School, entrance is decided by a highly competitive entrance examination.  Places are limited to an intake of 40 boys and 40 girls per academic year and are open to all residents of Saitama City.