I've been using the Thai core curriculum at Wat Chetupon Temple School in ways that turn a primarily grammar text into a conversational focus.
The text in this lesson was dealing with green house gas and where it comes from.
We read the text as a whole class, students read the same text to each other, I write questions on the board based on the text, the students copy and answer in their notebooks.
Then last step in the lesson, for students to come to the board, write their answers and then read the question and the answers. This last step certainly has all the novice attention!