OK, I decided my first exercise. After fumbling around for an hour after I discovered the class was using a different book than I had, I recovered during the second hour. I showed the class a picture of an American ordering a pizza in Round Table Pizza (I deliberately took the picture before I left the US). Then I said "look at the picture and pretend you are the boss. What qualities do you want your employee to have?" Then the whole class came up with a list of properties, and I asked "why" for every property they mentioned and pursued the question. Then I showed them the question again and asked if the girl working behind the counter seemed to show those qualities, finally I compared her qualities to those of other students and foreign teachers and said "who would you hire if you could only choose one?." The best answer I heard was to hire both and see who did better, then fire the other one.
The students really seemed to like this one and I think it was educational, not only because it taught English, but also creativity and critical thinking, in addition to being a demonstration of Western education techniques and the Socratic method. While at the same time it wasn't a complete game.
I am now filling in the first hour of my classes by using the text book as an example of common phrases and how NOT to use English. I have heard the students get upset if the teachers ignore the book, even though the students themselves despise it.
As usual, if anyone has any suggestions I'd be happy to hear them.
Oh yeah, the other thing I am doing is hand shake lessons .