When the other teachers in the staff room saw my carrying a Jenga around, they raised sceptical eyebrows about the validity of the game in the classroom. But I quickly explained that it can be a really useful and fun game to play, especially with teens.
If you haven’t played Jenga, here is the cliffnotes version:
It’s a tower made up of three blocks, topped by three blocks perpendicular to them, and the layers continue like this for about 15 layers. You then take it in turns to push out the blocks (only one hand!) and place the blocks on top of the tower to make it as tall as possible without the tower falling over!
The EFL version is exactly the same, but each block has a question on it. My Jenga is for an intermediate group, and only really focuses on speaking practise. It has tasks on the bricks, such as “Describe your favourite film” or “introduce yourself”, but also more grammatical ones, such as past simple forms of irregular verbs and listing adjectives, adverbs, and vocabulary lists on a topic (food, crime etc.) You can, of course, make the questions harder for your level… Maybe questions about politics, culture, or more complex grammar points.
You keep going until the tower falls over, then move on to a different game.