Compelling Conversations

Compelling Conversations

Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics

Compelling Conversations, an innovative English as a second language textbook, helps advanced English language learners develop conversation skills and improve fluency by sharing experiences, reflecting on their lives, and discussing proverbs and quotations.

The Compelling Conversations book includes 45 thematic chapters, over 1400 questions, 500 vocabulary words, 250 proverbs and American idioms, and 500 quotations. Designed for both adult education and intensive English language students, the conversations deepen critical thinking skills and speaking skills essential to success in community college and university programs. Compelling Conversations has been used in classrooms in over 40 countries, recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, and enjoyed by thousands of English students. Whether Compelling Conversations is used as a primary textbook or a supplement to conversation classes can be determined by the instructor. The content is flexible and the chapters both build upon each other and function on their own. Compelling Conversations has also inspired a blog that frequently updates with English speaking tips, book reviews and other conversation starters for the classroom. As always, our goal is for our readers to ask more, share more and know more–create compelling conversations.

Publication Date: 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1419658280
eISBN: 978-0-9826-1785-4
Authors: Eric Roth, Toni Aberson

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Compelling Conversations can generate all sorts of discussions! What are people saying about CC?


“In my own teaching, I have found questions and quotations to be highly effective in promoting student discussion. Questions are useful in that they require a response from the listener. Asking them also helps students master the tricky rules of the interrogative. Quotations are brilliant flashes of wit expressed in the shortest space possible, often just a sentence or two. The authors have compiled a formidable collection of quotations by famous people from Napoleon and Aristotle to Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone. In sum, 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 English teaching professional

Compelling Conversations topics are timely, meaningful, and presented in such a way as to stimulate immediate class participation.” 

Marc Yablonka author and ESL teacher

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