I have found improv games to be the most fun way to get students talking. I have primarily used them with my upper-level French students, but with a more narrow focus for any activity, it could be used with lower levels, also.
Using improv games require the students to use any and all vocabulary that they know, search for new vocabulary (my students regularly perform improv with their smartphones in-hand to look up words as they perform), and the best part - it's fun. There's a lot of laughter, and everyone's affective filter is lowered.
This pack comes with a list of 24 improv activities (some of which can be combined and/or piggybacked on to create new games. A lot of them were inspired by Whose Line Is It Anyway?
It also comes with a list of characters - I assign a fun, new character to each student every time, to spice things up - and a list of suggested scenes for their games. All three sheets are in Word format, so you can modify to your needs (i.e. add characters, scenes, etc.).
The list of characters is in 12-point Calibri; I recommend that you increase the size, print, and cut, to make it easy to assign. I also recommend a badge style that I use for these games.
These characters are in French, where appropriate. The scenes are written in both French and English.
For those who are teaching other languages or ESL, I also offer this same pack completely in English which you can customize for your needs.
Please purchase multiple licenses if you plan to use this product throughout your department, level, district, or other group. Thank you!