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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Chimayo Press (March 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098261781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982617816
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book's conversation starters are a boon for students and teachers. The open-ended and creative questions encourage students to think on their feet. Teachers will appreciate the text's time-saving, prepackaged questions, the consistent template, and the relevant content...."  - Clarion Review, June 2011

"The conversation topics are useful and the proverbs, quotes and vocabulary are all appropriate for advanced Vietnamese EFL students. ...A slim, basic but solid activity and conversation book for teachers looking for direction in their English as a Foreign Language classes." - Kirkus Reviews, June 2011

"Compelling Conversations is a text that encourages multiculturalism, that is flexible enough to use for all ages of advanced English language learners, and that gives a personally relevant, tailored experience for advanced Vietnamese ELLs to formulate their opinions in anticipation of present and future communications with English speakers....I recommend this book as a backbone for a lively conversation class." - Sarah Elizabeth Snyder, TESL-EJ, September 2012

"Designed to be a conversation starter for native Vietnamese speakers in a classroom setting, Compelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners would work well for any foreign-language speaker attempting to become fluent in English...It is an excellent teaching tool for the advanced Vietnamese student of English and a welcome entry into an under-served market." - Marilyn Berry, ForeWord Reviews

"As an English teacher in Vietnam, I know how difficult is for Vietnamese learners of English to have a group discussion in English...I think a book like Compelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Advance Vietnamese English Language Learners is indispensable for any English teacher." - Dan Dumitrache, eslvietnamzone.com

From the Author

Why do you want to learn English? Are you planning on entering an excellent university or meeting new international friends? Are you looking to make more money with international business or travel? Do you want a better job, a high TOEFL score, or a nursing career? Speaking clear English and creating smart conversations can open many doors for you in Vietnam and around the world.

This conversation textbook will gently push you to develop many vital skills:
  • Speak English
  • Listen to English
  • Respond to both questions and comments
  • Ask questions
  • Learn and use new vocabulary words
  • Paraphrase proverbs
  • Discuss quotations
  • Make judgments
  • Support statements and opinions
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Begin conversations with native English speakers
We learn by talking and listening to each other. We learn by doing and practicing. Sometimes we have short talks; sometime we have long conversations. Sometimes we speak Vietnamese; sometimes we speak English.

Together, we will talk about many things in English and discuss many topics in this class in English. We will ask questions in English. We will answer questions in English, too. We will use simple and more difficult words in English. We learn traditional sayings and modern expressions. We will learn--and use-- new English vocabulary words in our conversation class. Step by step, we will know more English words and how to ask more questions so we can build better conversations in English.

Learning to speak English requires us to speak English in every class. So, we will talk about our present lives and reflect on our past experiences in interview and small group discussions. We will also share our hopes and plans for the future. By telling our personal stories and sharing our ideas, we will also create compelling conversations together--in English.

Shall we begin?

Eric Roth and Toni Aberson
Co-authors, Compelling Conversations

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RSessions on September 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
For this edition of the celebrated Compelling Conversations series, series mastermind Eric Roth has developed an unprecedented approach to the issue of cultural differences among English learners - new editions of Compelling Conversations developed specifically for separate communities of English learners. In this first of the series, Roth draws on his experience developing a school for adult learners in Vietnam to produce an edition of Compelling Conversations that addresses questions and issues that pertain to Vietnamese students learning English in the United States and around the world. As virtually all adult ESL books overlook this substantial community of English learners, the Vietnam edition of Compelling conversations is an invaluable resource for students and teachers in Vietnamese communities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lacamara on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
This attractive, compact volume is guaranteed to involve Vietnamese students in authentic conversations!! A unique resource, which will be appreciated by ESL/ELL students as well as teachers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosebudz on May 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I used another book by same authors to teach students who were visiting from France and studying at UCLA for a summer.
It really really helped spark the conversations. And for my own teacherly/readerly pleasure, the proverbs, idioms & quotations in the book are wonderful and food for thinking. I'm glad to see this new book, it's a great idear and good luck with it!
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