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This game is popular in the open air beer bars in Thailand. You have a tower that consists of long wooden blocks that are piled up one of top of the other. The object of the game is to remove blocks and place them on the top of the tower without knocking over the tower. This game gets more exciting as the tower beomes more unstable and eventially falls over.

This game can be easily adapted to any level language class. Simply write words sentences or questions on each of the blocks . After the student has removed his block have them read out the sentence or word. You can also play this game in small groups giving each group a Janga tower and have them play until it falls down

The game is called Stack-em in Korea and available in department stores. I got mine at Lotte mart in Uijeoumbu
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Does the students who knocked down the stack have to do anything? Maybe read all the words that were on the blocks that they knocked down?
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Does the students who knocked down the stack have to do anything? Maybe read all the words that were on the blocks that they knocked down?
That's up to you. Usually by the time it falls over there could be 20-30 blocks. Since I use it with full sentences that would be a lot. If you were doing it with just words I think it would be easier. Have you played this before.
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no, never but it sounds like a lot of fun! (i miss teaching kids... )
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no, never but it sounds like a lot of fun! (i miss teaching kids... )
I think you could play it with adults. Just use full questions. Its a blast.
I would use it as an icebreaker on the first day. Have them ask you questions
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We had a Truth or Dare version at my last Hagwan. Some of the questions were a little risque, but the kids just thought it was cuter, innocent fun.
Might that be useful for the adults to get them talking?
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I've played this before but I put letters on the blocks and it can be used for phonics, vocabulary (name words with that letter,) or you can asign sentences for certain letters. That way the same set can be used for almost anything at any level.

The students really like it and sometimnes the game forces them to make sentences or choose a letter they would normally avoid.
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That's an awesome idea! I've only ever played drinking Janga before, but this sounds awesome.
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I actually stumbled upon this 6 years ago when I was visiting an elementary school and they asked me to teach a special needs class. They said the students in that class liked to play with blocks.

I went down to the toy store and found a Jenga set staring at me. I bought that and some foam letters. The first idea was to draw foam letters and have the students draw that block out of the Jenga tower. (I wrote the letters on the end of the blocks so you can see them.) It was a big success in the class and I've just been adding and adapting ever since.
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