Compelling Conversations – Japan Focuses on Fluency and Authentic Communication for Japanese English Language Learners

“The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.”

~Haruki Murakami (1949- ), Japanese author



Do your English students want to speak more English? Do you currently teach Japanese English language learners? Are you looking for an engaging, fresh EFL conversation book to guide your English students toward greater fluency in speaking English in and out of class?

Compelling Conversations – Japan includes a dozen search and share worksheets.

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 (EFL) textbook focuses on fluency and authentic conversations. The 163-page title offers a wide variety of speaking exercises and cultural discussions that consistently encourage and foster deeper communication skills for English language learners.
Designed for Japanese students of high school and community college programs, Compelling Conversations – Japan remains adaptable to a variety of students and classroom needs, including adult conversation classes.

Some English language professionals believe the conversation-based EFL (English as a Foreign Language) textbook fills a niche. “Compelling Conversations – Japan will prove very useful to Japanese English learners ,” notes Lisa Mojsin, author of Mastering the American Accent. “It’s more than just a conversation book; it’s also a cross-cultural awareness book, filled with proverbs and cultural insights.”
Marshal Holmes, owner and head teacher of Eikaiwa English World online, adds “I have been using Compelling Conversations with my intermediate students for years. With its range of topics, it’s a great book to get students to a higher level of fluency.” Holmes concludes: “In my opinion, [Compelling Conversations – Japan] is one of the best books available for intermediate English students.”

Compelling Conversations – Japan is the latest EFL textbook from Chimayo publisher Eric Roth, co-author of four other Compelling Conversations titles and a master lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC). His fellow authors are Shiggy Ichinomiya and Brent Warner, each of whom taught English in Japan for at least a decade. Ichinomiya also has photography credentials in his repertoire, and a language learning site, Warner, like Roth, is currently a lecturer at USC and is the author of How to Pass the TOEFLibt Test. Their combined experience provides invaluable insight into the world of both learning and teaching English as a Second Language.

Compelling Conversations – Japan includes over 120 provocative quotes and 60 + proverbs, from authors, thinkers and celebrities from around the world within 12 thematic chapters: Getting the Conversation Started; Going Beyond Hello; Home Sweet Home; Eating and Drinking; Exploring Daily Habits; Being Yourself; Making and Keeping Friends; Sharing Pet Peeves; Taking Photographs; Talking About Movies; Learning in School, and Exploring Cities. The appendix features additional self/peer evaluations, resources for further learning, and an index of quotes used.

Chapter sections feature a range of diverse speaking activities like: Sharing Experiences, Vocabulary Expansion, Culture Corner, Ask More Questions, Photographs to Start Conversations, Paraphrasing Proverbs, Pronunciation Practice, The Conversation Continues, Discussing Quotations, Tell Me About Japan … in English. Each chapter concludes with a Search and Share web quest, where students find articles and videos online, then summarize and evaluate the information. These activities provide many opportunities for college students and adult professionals to develop, deepen, and practice their speaking skills in English. “We think this book is the best book yet in the growing Compelling Conversations series,” notes Roth.

This EFL textbook expands the innovative fluency-focused ESL/EFL series that started with Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics written by Toni Aberson and Roth (2006). Since publication, Compelling Conversations has found readers in over 50 countries and established a niche among dedicated English teachers, online EFL tutors, and English conversation clubs. “Speaking fluent English is becoming increasingly important across Asia, including Japan,” notes Roth. “Our book helps Japanese English language learners create authentic, positive experiences in our difficult, strange tongue.”

Compelling Conversations – Japan, like the other titles in the Compelling Conversations series, is available for purchase through,, or Sample chapters be found at


Compelling Conversations – Japan

Price: $24.95

ISBN-10: 09847-98579

ISBN-13: 978-0984-798575

ISBN: 9780984798582 (ebook)

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Questions? Want to leave feedback? Contact us below:

Eric Roth, Publisher

Chimayo Press

855-ESL-Book or 1-855-375-2665

Ask more. Know more. Share more. Create Compelling Conversations.

One comment

  1. Lets be honest here , most Japan schools have a strict English program and methods and for those who seek better ways to teach English i’d recommend EFL texts has a good use.

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