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
“The secret of education is respecting the pupil.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882), American philosopher
Compelling 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.
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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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, AccurateEnglish.com
"Only the educated are free."
Epictetus, Greek philosopher
"...Compelling Conversations is a recommended resource for teachers who want to make their conversation classes more learner-centered. It should be especially appealing to those who wish to escape the confines of the Presentation-Practice-Production approach and do without a formal grammatical or functional syllabus. It reflects the authors' considerable professional experience, and would be a notable addition to any English teacher's bookshelf."
Hall Houston, Reviewer
English Teaching Professional, January 2009, Issue 60. Page 44.