Do your students speak enough English?
English Language Learners, whether in adult school, high school, IEP, or college class, want to literally speak English and have deep, satisfying conversations - in English.
This innovative ESL/EFL textbook written by Eric Roth and Toni Aberson, encourages students to learn by doing, to share their experiences, to learn about classmates, and to develop conversational fluency.
"Ask more. Know more. Share more."
That's the philosophy behind Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics. English language learners want to share experiences and insights on contemporary topics - and expand their practical and academic vocabulary. Quotations and proverbs, from differing points of view, also encourage discussions, model excellent communication, and develop critical thinking skills. Students hold longer discussions, learn about their classmates, and gain practical experience. Let's create better, deeper, and more enjoyable conversations - even in English!
Compelling Conversations fills a niche for dedicated teachers and students of English and conversation. The 160-page textbook:
â€¢ Asks over 1,350 questions encouraging students to reflect and share;
â€¢ Features over 500 memorable quotations from ancient sages to modern writers;
â€¢ Introduces over 200 proverbs from around the world;
â€¢ Highlights 450 practical vocabulary words;
â€¢ Provides enough material for an estimated 180 hours of class time;
â€¢ Ends each chapter with an "on your own" exercise;
â€¢ Allows students to develop authentic, meaningful conversations in English;
â€¢ Deepens critical thinking skills;
â€¢ Encourages students to share experiences and insights;
â€¢ Engages students and creates compelling conversations.
Compelling Conversations received positive reviews from English Teaching Professional:
"In sum, Compelling Conversations is a recommended resource for teachers who want to make thier 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 both authors' considerable professional experience, and would be a notable addition to any English teacher's bookshelf. "
"This outstanding resource allows teachers to confidently walk into an advanced ESL classroom with self-contained, engaging conversation lessons. The 45 thematic chapters allow you to both evoke student experience with long lists of practical and savvy questions. The inclusion of global proverbs and classic quotations also provides larger cultural contexts to inspire deeper conversations - or writing assignments. Students should also appreciate the generous amount of authentic language. I wish I would have had that book in my old adult/university classes. A great book for adult education teachers, university instructors, and private tutors!"
Compelling Conversations will help you to help your ESL students create meaningful - and memorable - conversations.