All ESL teachers need quick memory games that can be pulled out with few materials when times call for it: a sleepy or frustrated or bored class, for instance. I loved the memory game I found here. An ESL teacher shares a tried and true method. This is a game that can reinforce grammar or vocabulary, and energize a drooping class.
I like to do it with a tense focus, for example, I remember very well playing this game to review the past tense after the winter holiday season one year. It started off with,Thanks for the tip! Good luck teachers!
“In the holidays, I visited my friend in Vienna.”
And the student to my left - all standing in a circle - said,
“In the holidays, the teacher visited her friend in Vienna and I ate a lot of chocolate.”
Each turn becomes a little bit harder as you have to remember all the phrases that came before, but it soon gets hilarious.