Review: Balancing Fluency and Accuracy Activities in the Classroom

“Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.”  —Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist and 1946 Nobel Prize winner What’s the difference between speaking English fluently and speaking accurately? Which one takes priority in the classroom? How can we, as educators, create a balanced curriculum with more targeted in-class fluency...

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Express Yourself: Discussing Quotations to Form Opinions

Embed from Getty Images “There is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides.” John Steward Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher Many people experience difficulties finding their voice, let alone finding it in another language. How do we create compelling conversations? We ask more so we know more. Then we can share more. Sometimes we also hear or read other words by famous...

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Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers is out!

June 20, 2016 Chimayo Press releases Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers to help nonprofits increase their fundraising success through the art of conversation. How does a one-person development office raise sufficient funds for a vital non-profit? Which conversations should fundraising professionals focus on to deepen relationships and strengthen institutions? What ingredients and values...

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What makes a conversation-friendly English, ESL or EFL classroom?

  “There is a role and function for beauty in our time.” – Tadao Ando (1941–), Japanese architect Introducing Teacher Edition Tuesday, a new weekly series based on ten teaching tips from the recently released Compelling American Conversations – Teacher Edition! What makes a conversation-friendly English, ESL or EFL classroom? Sometimes it’s the little things that matter....

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Compelling Conversations – Japan is released!

October 22, 2015 CHIMAYO PRESS RELEASES NEW AUTHENTICALLY COMMUNICATIVE, FLUENCY-FOCUSED EFL CONVERSATION TEXTBOOK FOR JAPANESE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS Chimayo Press, an LA-based educational publisher, proudly introduces their latest title Compelling Conversations – Japan: Questions and Quotations for High-Intermediate Japanese English Language Learners. The English as a Foreign Language...

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Compelling American Conversations – Teacher Edition comes out!

October 22, 2015   CHIMAYO PRESS RELEASES ENGLISH TEACHER EDITION FOR COMPELLING AMERICAN CONVERSATIONS, HOPES TO SPARK MORE LIVELY ESL CLASSES Chimayo Press, an LA-based educational publisher, releases Compelling American Conversations – Teacher Edition. This new title assists educators of English as a Second Language (ESL) working with intermediate students at the American high school...

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