Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners from Chimayo Press helps American immigrants and international students develop their fluency skills and academic vocabulary through conversation exercises. Each chapter includes two sets of conversation questions, vocabulary review, short writing exercises, paraphrasing exercises with proverbs, a discussion activity around pithy quotations, and an online “Search and Share” activity. Focusing on both daily experiences and American culture through proverbs, quotations, and speaking exercises, the materials help intermediate English language learners explore their lives, learn common American sayings and expressions, and develop vital discussion skills. The 15 topical chapters include: Opening Moves; Going Beyond Hello; Making and Breaking Habits; Studying English; Being Yourself; Choosing and Keeping Friends; Playing and Watching Sports; Talking About American Television; Celebrating American Holidays; Being Stylish; Handling Stress; Practicing Job Interviews; Valuing Money and Finding Bargains; Exploring American Cities and Seeing Our World With Photographs. The “Resources and Notes” appendix includes the academic word list, supplemental worksheets, bibliographical references, author biographies and indices to proverbs and quotations. Designed primarily for community college ESL and adult education students, this flexible ESL textbook can be used by high school English language learners (ELL) and intensive English programs. Compelling American Conversations, is the third title in the Compelling Conversations series, most known for the original fluency-focused advanced ESL textbook,Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics (2006).
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“Extremely Useful Textbook for American English Learners”
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“Reading and discussing many people’s ideas in class can help you discover new ways of thinking.”
As an writer with an Anthropology degree, Compelling American Conversations provides extremely useful information to English Language Learners. This book goes above and beyond other language textbooks by providing lessons that a student could use on a daily basis. By following the lessons in Compelling Conversations, the student will be able to communicate in a more practical way with other English speakers.
If students are able to effectively communicate their ideas and thoughts to other English speakers, they have a better chance of understanding more about American culture and furthering their education. I believe that Compelling Conversations gives students the precious opportunity to express their ideas and learn how to discuss things that other English speakers are discussing. This goes beyond having a simple grasp of the language and allows students to work at their own pace. This book should be in every ESL classroom.
The lessons compiled an created by Eric H. Roth and Toni Aberson are useful, helpful, and extremely invaluable to any English Language Learner. I highly recommend this book to any potential learners and educators.
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About the Author
Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures and perils of writing and speaking in English at the University of Southern California (USC), and holds the title of Master Lecturer. He also consults English language schools on communicative methods.
Given a full scholarship as a Lilly Scholar, Roth studied philosophy at Wabash College, and received his MA from the New School (1988). He proceeded to write newsletters and a few speeches for Congressman Steven J. Solarz (D-NY) for two years. Increasingly disillusioned with American politics, he left NYC and traveled for several months before deciding to relocate to Los Angeles. He soon starting reading scripts for the Nicholl Foundation, and reviewing history books and local plays for Los Angeles publications.
In 1992, he taught his first English as a Second Language class at a refugee center for immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and became hooked. Since then, Roth has taught English to high school, community college, adult, and university students from five continents and over 60 countries. He has also taught writing courses in Spain (2007) and France (2008), and directed an elite private high school in Vietnam (2009) during summer breaks.
Roth co-authored Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics in 2007 to help English language learners increase their fluency in English. Recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, the advanced ESL textbook has been used by English language learners and English teachers in over 50 countries. Since then, he and his co-author Toni Aberson have added two new titles to the series: Compelling American Conversations (2012) with Hal Bogotch and Compelling Conversations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners (2011). Roth also edited Aberson’s latest book titled: It’s a Breeze: 42 Lively Lessons on American Idioms that introduces common expressions to high-beginning students. In 2015, he also co-authored Compelling Conversations – Japan: Questions and Quotations for High-Intermediate Japanese English Language Learners and Compelling American Conversations -Teacher Edition: Commentary, Supplemental Exercises and Reproducible Speaking Activities.
Roth and Aberson also co-author a monthly column in Easy English Times, an adult literacy newspaper, that has published “Instant Conversation Activities” based on their conversation textbooks since 2008.
A member of the USC faculty since 2003, Roth is a member of numerous professional Organizations including: California Association of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL); the International Communication Association (ICA); the International Professors Project (IPP); and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Roth has given several CATESOL and TESOL conference presentations and led many teacher training workshops. He has recently expanded the micro-sized Chimayo Press to help friends publish books for global souls and sophisticated English language learners.
A collector of postcards, old and/or odd books, and travel experiences, Roth has enjoyed conversations in over 40 countries so far. He looks to seeing more of our magnificent world in the coming years.
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