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Compelling American Conversations Receives Critical Praise from ESL Experts
PR Log - Jul 10, 2012 - Chimayo Press announces the release of its highly praised new title, Compelling American Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners.  Specifically written for US immigrants who wish to improve their English speaking skills, Compelling American Conversations helps intermediate English language students explore philosophical questions and learn about life in America.

This intermediate level textbook adds to the series started by Chimayo Press’ highly successful original title, Compelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations on Timeless Topics, used by English language learners in over 50 countries.

“How can so much learning be in just one book?” asks Planaria Price, prominent adult education English teacher and author of Life in the USA.  “Compelling American Conversations is all that an ESL teacher or student needs to use in their course. Included in the Search and Share component are marvelous lessons on using the Internet.…Very accessible for the intermediate learner.” Price, an energetic teacher known for popular TESOL presentations, is also the author of Realistically Speaking.

“Compelling American Conversations is a gold mine,” observes Carl W. Hart, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher and author of Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book and Rocket English Grammar. “Compelling American Conversations is the book I needed when I was a conversation group organizer and is the book I highly recommend to any English teacher in a similar position today.”

“Compelling American Conversations fills an important gap in adult ESL where speaking skills often receive too little attention,” adds Luis Coloma, an ESL specialist at www.springesl.com.  “I strongly recommend this textbook for English teachers looking to add more conversation and online exercises to their intermediate ESL classes.”

Compelling American Conversations explicitly emphasizes American English, American cultural literacy, and democratic values. The primary audience remains newcomers to the United States, recent and not-so-recent immigrants, who may be studying at an American high school, adult school, community college, or university.

The 15 thematic chapters include speaking exercises where students ask questions, respond to quotations and paraphrase proverbs. Compelling American Conversations also includes academic vocabulary and more philosophical questions because American immigrants deserve the same level of sophisticated materials which international EFL students enjoy in the stronger international high schools and colleges.

“We hope that with Compelling American Conversations, American English language learners will ask more questions, speak more in their workplaces, and create their own compelling conversations –  inside and outside English classes,” concludes co-author Eric Roth, a former director of a citizenship program in Los Angeles.  “We also believe that actually speaking English – and being able to hold meaningful conversations in English – adds to the quality of life of everyone living here.”  

Roth, a lecturer at the University of Southern California’s American Language Institute, co-wrote Compelling American Conversations with his original writing partner, Toni Aberson. A retired high school and college English teacher with 35 years experience, Aberson is also the author of the upcoming It’s A Breeze: Lively English Lessons on 50 Idioms. Hal Bogotch, the third co-author, brought his 15 years of teaching experience in California’s public schools, particularly in the online Search and Share exercises.

“We all strongly believe that all immigrants deserve a quality education that allows them to express themselves, develop their English language skills, and deepen their critical thinking skills,” adds Aberson.  

Bogotch notes, "This new book is specifically designed to connect users - students, teachers, learners in general - to sources, resources, and a greater community of people interested in improving their conversational English and discovering American culture."

Free sample chapters of Compelling American Conversations are available at: http://www.CompellingConversations.com, and it can be purchased directly through Amazon.com (ISBN: 978-1468158366; 140 pages).

About Chimayo Press

Chimayo Press, an independent educational publisher in Los Angeles, chooses English language books that create compelling conversations and deepen human relationships.

Compelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations on Timeless Topics (ISBN: 978-1419658280), the first title, won critical acclaim as a practical, fluency-focused textbook for English students. Originally designed for California community college students, the book has won a global audience and been adopted by American adult schools, international high schools,  online English tutors, and intensive English language programs, university ESL programs, and conversation clubs in over 50 countries.

Chimayo Press seeks to help bring people together, across the globe, to share quality conversations in English, the lingua franca of our time. Compelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners (ISBN: 978-0982617816) provides culturally relevant exercises, text and photos from that beautiful nation.  Inspired by Roth’s experiences as a high school director  in Vietnam, the book has been adopted by American Vietnam University for their English students.

Compelling American Conversations: Questions & Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners.
ISBN: 978-1468158366  (140 pages; 8 X 10; Amazon.com/CreateSpace.com)

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