As teachers we would often play Jenga in the evenings and would have so much fun playing the game, that it became a bit of an evening routine.
A couple of years later I came across an unusual way to have conversations in the EAL classroom. This was, by playing Jenga but for every brick you took out there was a conversation question written on it that the student would read out and then answer. I went to buy some blocks and wrote some questions on each of the blocks and tried it with one of my small groups. It was a real success and the students really got into the conversation and the game moved fast.
My students always prefer playing a conversation game like this now; compared to conversation cards. It also helps with their problem solving skills. It's a really fun and less intrusive way of getting them speaking.