Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics: An Engaging ESL Textbook for Advanced Students

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Chimayo Press, Oct 29, 2010 - Education - 166 pages
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This innovative ESL/EFL textbook helps advanced English language learners develop conversation skills and improve fluency by sharing experiences, reflecting on their lives, and discussing proverbs and quotations. The oral skills English textbook includes 45 thematic chapters, over 1,350 questions, 500 vocabulary words, 250 proverbs and American idioms, and 500 quotations. Designed for both adult education and intensive English language students, the conversations and activities deepen critical thinking skills and develop speaking skills essential to success in community college and university programs. Compelling Conversations has been used in classrooms in over 40 countries, recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, adopted by conversation clubs and private English tutors, and enjoyed by thousands of English students.
  

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Contents

YouR life 1 Getting Started
1
Going Beyond Hello
4
Being Home
7
Describing Family Ties
10
Eating and Drinking
13
Exploring Daily Habits
16
Being Yourself
19
Staying Healthy
22
moDeRn times 25 What Do You Think?
78
Change
82
Clothes and Fashion
85
Appreciating Physical Beauty
89
Dating
93
Enjoying Money
96
Eating Out
99
Gambling and Spending Money
102

Parenting
26
Making and Keeping Friends
29
Loving Dogs and Pets
32
Cats and More Cats
35
Pet Peeves
38
fRee time 14 Traveling
42
California Calling
45
Reading Pleasures and Tastes
48
Moving to Music
51
Talking about Television
54
Talking about Movies
57
The Sequel
60
Playing and Watching Sports
63
Gardening
67
Enjoying the Beach
70
Holidays and Celebrations
73
Do You Match?
105
Handling Stress
109
CiviC life 35 Practicing Job Interviews
114
Work Relationships
117
Learning in School
120
Studying English
124
Coming to America
127
Exploring American Culture
130
Exploring Cities
133
Driving Cars
136
Crime and Punishment
139
Voting and Choosing Leaders
142
Searching for Heroes
145
APPenDiX Tips Gentle Advice for ESLEFL Teachers
150
Bibliography
151
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About the author (2010)

Eric H. Roth

 

Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures and perils of academic writing and public speaking in English at the University of Southern California (USC). He also consults English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English.

 

Highlights of his career include: teaching the first Saturday morning citizenship class in Santa Monica (1994); directing the CES Adult Education Center (1995-1998); working with international students in summer IEP programs at UCLA Extension (1997-2000, 2003-2005); teaching USC engineering students in Madrid, Spain (2007) and Paris, France (2008); and directing the APU International High School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2009).

 

Roth created the Compelling Conversations series to help English language learners increase their English fluency. Recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics, is in use in over 50 countries in English classrooms and conversation clubs. Easy English Times, an adult literacy newspaper, has published a monthly column, "Instant Conversation Activities," based on the book since 2008. The first specific version for a particular country, Vietnam, was published in 2011. 

 

Toni Aberson

 

After 35 years of teaching English and supervising English teachers, Toni Aberson (M.A. English; M.A. Psychology and Religion) believes that a lively classroom is the optimal learning environment. “If people are thinking, sharing, and laughing, then they’re learning,” notes Aberson. “The mere fact that those adults are in an English classroom attests to their courage and their determination to learn.”

 

“Adult English students bring a wealth of interesting experiences with them,” continues Aberson. “They bring the world into the classroom. The challenge for English teachers is to put students at ease and encourage them to practice English. What better way than to ask students about their lives? I love teaching English.”

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