I'm struggling with the same thing. I have one idea that I am going to try today and I'll let you know how it goes.
Name: Back to the Board
Useful For: Reviewing vocabulary and producing short structures
basically divide the class into 2-3 teams. one person from each team comes to the front of the class and sit with their backs facing the board. then you write the vocab/stucture you want them to say on the board. then the teams try to get their team member to say the word on the board.
it activates everyone and is exciting. i've played it with smaller, unenthusiastic classes and they went crazy. now to test it on some older students.
other than survey style exercises i don't have any more ideas.
if you use this activity, let us know how it goes.
I did this activity for 3rd grade middle school students. I did it in the last ten minutes. It was really effective. The class got really noisy