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"We learn by doing." – English Proverb

Compelling Conversations - ESL book

  • Do you want more English conversation activities in your ESL classes?
  • Do your English students need practice asking and answering questions? 
  • Are you looking for engaging ESL materials that spark genuine student conversations on topics that matter to your students?

If so, Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics can help you create stimulating English conversations. Our engaging conversation book includes self-contained chapters that show ESL (English as a Second Language) students how to ask better questions, provide clearer answers, paraphrase global proverbs, and express personal opinions in English. Focusing on essential fluency skills, Compelling Conversation guides English language learners in exploring our changing world and learning English by doing.

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Critical Praise for Compelling Conversations:

Compelling Conversations is a recommended resource for teachers who want to make their conversation classes more learner-centered. ..It reflects the authors' considerable professional experience, and would be a notable addition to any English teacher's bookshelf."  - Hall Houston English Teaching Professional magazine

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“A conversation can be made easy.
Just ask a question and then listen.”

– Robert Bly (1926 - ), American poet and author


Compelling American Conversations - ESL book

  • Do your intermediate ELL students want to speak more English?
  • Are you looking to add online activities to inspire classroom conversations?
  • Are you looking to bring more American expressions and proverbs into your classroom?

Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners (ESL/ELL) explicitly emphasizes American language, culture, and democratic values.

Focused on the needs and aspirations of intermediate English language learners, this textbook presents a variety of ways to create and sustain authentic conversations with a developing English vocabulary. Compelling American Conversations challenges intermediate American English language learners to reflect and speak about their lives and experiences on 15 engaging topics in class and in English.

Critical Praise for Compelling American Conversations:

"Compelling American Conversations is a great textbook for teaching conversational American English to ESL learners. I highly recommend it as either a main textbook or as supplementary material for any ESL instructor to use with intermediate to advanced level students who want to improve their oral skills."  - Eva Owen, EFL/ESL Instructor

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“The secret of education is respecting the pupil.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882), American philosopher


Compelling Conversations for Advanced Vietnamese ELLCompelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners is a culturally sensitive text that encourages students to speak about their experiences, their families, and their lives. With dozens of practical speaking exercises, Compelling Conversations helps advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners develop greater fluency, develop and express their opinions, give reasons to support their opinions, build critical thinking skills, prepare for standardized tests with speaking sections (TOEFL, IELTS), and create authentic conversations.

Author Eric Roth created this special version of Compelling Conversations based on his experience teaching in Vietnam.

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Critical Praise for Compelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners:

"Compelling Conversations is a great book to get my students to talk beyond the usual topics they find in ESL textbooks in Vietnam. The topics encourage students to think, discuss, and exchange ideas and their own personal interpretations of idioms, quotes and proverbs. If you want to have your students talking and conversing, this book is a must-have!"  - Leah Montano, ELD Program Coordinator, APU International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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“Don't be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you don't make the same mistake twice.”

- Akio Morita (1921-1999), Chairman of Sony Corporation


Compelling Conversations for Advanced Vietnamese ELL- Do you teach speaking skills to Japanese English language learners?

- Do your students need to improve their conversation skills?

- Are you looking for an EFL conversation textbook that creates positive English language experiences?

Compelling Conversations- Japan: Questions and Quotations for High Intermediate English Language Learners provides a wise range of speaking activities that gently encourages students to answer questions, ask friendly questions, and share their stories of living in Japan in English. Students learn to express opinions, give reasons, compare events, and explain aspects of modern Japanese culture. The fluency-focused activities also ask student to research topics and share their results in small group discussions. Step by step, phrase by phrase, students talk about their lives, exchange insights, and enjoy chatting about 12 contemporary topics in English.

Written by a team of experienced English teachers, this book expands upon the popular communicative techniques used in prior Compelling Conversations books and focuses on the specific needs of Japanese English language learners. This title is the fourth book in the critically-acclaimed Compelling Conversations series. The three co-authors have taught English to college students and working professionals for a total of over 40 years, including 17 years inside Japan.

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Critical Praise for Compelling Conversations: Japan

"A much needed book for Japanese English Language Learners."

"As an ESL teacher and accent reduction coach, I regularly encounter frustrated students from Japan who don’t feel comfortable speaking English. Their English learning experiences consisted mostly of the traditional method of learning grammar rules and preparing for English exams."

"Compelling Conversations – Japan will prove very useful to Japanese English learners who want to travel or study in the US or simply feel more comfortable conversing in English. With this book, the learner won’t stop talking. And that’s the goal!"

"It’s more than just a conversation book. It’s also a cross-cultural awareness book, filled with proverbs and cultural insights. It also has great vocabulary expansion exercises. There are valuable English pronunciation exercises focusing on the sounds that are difficult for native Japanese speakers. It contains tons of fun and thought-provoking conversation topics relevant a person from a Japanese cultural background."

"A must-have for a conversation class with Japanese learners of English."

 - Lisa Mojsin, Author, Mastering the American Accent,


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"Only the educated are free."
Epictetus, Greek philosopher


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"The era of photocopied vocabulary lists read by rote is thankfully over, thanks to textbooks like Compelling Conversations. With delightful international proverbs and real-world questions about their own experiences, students practice in class and gain the confidence required to enter the nuanced, fun and engaging depths of the English language."

Denise Morrissey
Los Angeles, CA

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