Chimayo Press Catalog Spotlight: From Our Friends

Chimayo Press Catalog Spotlight: From Our Friends

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Readers and teachers of English: Are you looking to create a more fluency-focused curriculum for your ESL/EFL class this fall? Do you seek new, engaging communicative activities to encourage class discussions? Or perhaps flexible lesson plans with a built-in homework assignment per unit?

Chimayo Press’s Fall 2016 catalog is here, featuring four new titles in addition to our previous collection. Featured in this week’s catalog spotlight: two exceptional books by USC Assistant Professor J.J. Polk, my friend and colleague at the American Language Institute.

English in Global Contexts: Proficiency Tasks for Aspiring Learners


Dr. J.J. Polk’s English in Global Contexts: Proficiency Tasks for Aspiring Learners is a 12-unit, task-based course book developed for advanced level learners, featuring content-related activities designed to promote the acquisition of higher-level vocabulary and active, productive language use in a semi-academic context.

English Questions: Practice Drills in All Active Tenses


Polk’s second title, English Questions: Practice Drills in All Active Tenses provides English students with extensive exercises in all the most common types of English questions. Developed for intermediate to pre-advanced students and written in an easy-to-use, easy-to-follow format, this book contains over 2200 sentence-to-question transformations through all active verb tenses. Both aforementioned books also come with a detailed answer key (sold separately here and here) for both ESL/ EFL instructors and ambitious advanced English students working on their own.

You can download Chimayo Press’s Fall 2016 catalog, for free, here. For discount codes on class orders for select titles, see here. I am also pleased to announce that the full catalog, along with five featured books, will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week. Consider me psyched!

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About the Author

Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures and perils of academic writing and public speaking in English at the University of Southern California (USC). He also consults English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English. Roth co-authored Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics in 2006 to help English language learners increase their English fluency. Recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, the advanced ESL textbook has been used in over 50 countries in English classrooms and conversation clubs. Easy English Times, an adult literacy newspaper, has published a monthly column, “Instant Conversation Activities,” based on the book since 2008. The first specific version for a particular country, Vietnam, was published in 2011. Compelling American Conversations came out in 2012, and Compelling Conversations – Japan arrived in 2015. Eric enjoys sharing reflections, resources, and teaching tips on this #ESL #EFL #ELT blog.

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