- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468158368
- ISBN-13: 978-1468158366
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,087,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Compelling American Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners
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"I love the use of proverbs and quotations to engage English learners and to get them talking. Whether you're running a school or teaching private lessons, Compelling American Conversations should be the first book you grab..." ~ Brent G. Warner, How to Pass the TOEFL iBT Test
"Simply a FANTASTIC book! A must-have resource for all English teachers and students alike!" ~ JJ Polk, English in Global Contexts
"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
"Those who read this book (Compelling American Conversations), or any of the others in the series, will find a shared commitment to conversational English, to the examination of proverbial wisdom and witty quotations, along with the open and avowed goal of provoking thought and reflection and encouraging responsible action ... and the ability to express one's own perspective that would enable one to be a responsible and successful resident of the United States without having lost oneself in the process."
Nathan Albright, Edge Induced Cohesion
"Compelling American Conversations offers relevant practice for intermediate ESL students...We recommend this fluency-focused book for English language learners." - Easy English Times
From the Author
Compelling American Conversations, our third conversation textbook for English language learners, builds on expanded social media and lessons learned over the last five years. This intermediate ESL book contains many suggested activities from readers of our first book: Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics.
Compelling American Conversations, an intermediate American English textbook, will help students feel more comfortable in English and improve fluency. The many conversation activities will help English students to:
* Ask clear, simple questions
* Listen to each other and respond to questions
* Become more comfortable speaking English
* Use common conversation starters
* Learn how to continue conversations on many current and timeless topics
* Discover and use new vocabulary words
* Memorize some American sayings and some old proverbs
* Discuss ideas by studying classical and modern quotations
* Express your opinions and support your statements
* Find and share Internet resources about living in the United States
* Speak English with greater confidence
* Enjoy learning about your classmates and yourself
We hope that with Compelling American Conversations, American English language learners will ask more questions, speak more in their workplaces, and create their own compelling conversations - inside and outside English classes.
- Eric Roth, Toni Aberson, and Hal Bogotch, Co-authors, Compelling American Conversations
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The "Search and Share" activity at the end of each chapter provides students with an opportunity to share knowledge gained outside of the classroom. It allows students to practice learner autonomy, as well as communication skills, as students' individual responses can be shared with each other. This activity also gives the students and the instructor a chance to exchange ideas in a conversational and natural manner; since the topics and themes are accessible and do not require any specialized knowledge (e.g., "Chatting: In Person or Online"), students will have the opportunity to express themselves and present their own perspectives, something that is culturally relevant when conversing with Americans.
The frequent use of proverbs and quotes in this text provides yet another platform for easily encouraging discussions and cultural exchange among students. Overall, this is a textbook that focuses on real-world conversation skills while also teaching vocabulary and pronunciation. It is ideal for use in both ESL and EFL contexts.