At my school, we recently started holding a conversation hour to give language learners listening/speaking practice. For the first week, our theme was holidays. For one part of the event, we did this activity designed to get people talking about their favorite holidays. It sparked a lot of discussion and gave people a chance to learn about holidays from different places.
A while back I posted a set of verb cards to use for a variety of different activities. This is a new set that I created that uses actual images instead of clipart. There is a total of 81 different commonly used verbs in English. You can use these cards for an endless number of activities in your class.
This is a great two-part activity that gives English learners a chance to practice question and statement forms in the simple past tense.
This activity gives students a chance to prepare for the discussion by writing down their answers in advance, and then it allows students to walk around and talk to their classmates.