Compelling Conversations – Vietnam is here!

Compelling Conversations – Vietnam is here!

Become who you want to be – in English!

Vietnamese teachers of English: are you developing a more fluency-focused curriculum for your ESL/EFL class this fall? Are you seeking new, engaging communicative activities that encourage class discussions? How about flexible lesson plans with a built-in homework assignment per unit?

Perhaps we can help!

I’m pleased to announce that Chimayo Press’ latest release, Compelling Conversations – Vietnam: Speaking Exercises for Vietnamese Learners of English, is now available on Amazon!

Like the original, this second edition of Compelling Conversations – Vietnam was designed for multi-level listening and speaking classes. Students will build critical thinking skills while expanding their academic vocabulary and preparing for standardized tests like TOEFL and IELTS.

These 14 engaging, fluency-focused chapters also provide hours of English conversation and class discussions.  Featured exercises include:

  • In-depth coverage on common prefixes, suffixes and common pronunciation “good mistakes.”
  • Targeted interview questions and paraphrasing activities that help foster active listening skills.
  • Additional short readings offer advice and perspective to international students and immigrants on American culture.
  • Bonus Search and Share assignments, surveys, and worksheets in the appendix that encourage student participation.

Interested? Here’s what some of our peers have to say on the new release.

Praise for Compelling Conversations – Vietnam

Sarah Elizabeth Snyder of TESL Electronic Journal recommends Compelling Conversations – Vietnam as “a backbone for a lively conversation class.” Identifying it as “a text that encourages multiculturalism,” Snyder notes that “[it] is flexible enough to use for all ages of advanced English language learners, and . . . gives a personally relevant, tailored experience for advanced Vietnamese ELLs to formulate their opinions in anticipation of present and future communications with English speakers.”*

Meanwhile Annie Tran, faculty member at California State University, Fullerton, calls the book “a must-read for all English language instructors working with Vietnamese learners of English.” Vietnam’s wide range of exercises, she continues, “establish a warm learning climate in the classroom where students can improve their receptive listening skills and produce appropriate spoken and written answers, creating an invigorating and dynamic atmosphere.”

 *refers to the first edition.

Get your copy today!

For more information on purchasing class sets, visit For sample chapters from this and other titles, click here.

Curious about our other books? Check out the Chimayo Press Fall 2016 Catalog!

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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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