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Compelling Conversations - ESL The Compelling Conversations page is a place to share ideas, resources and teaching tips for English teachers and English language learners.

Ask more, know more, share more. Create Compelling Conversations. #ESL #ELT #TEFL #EFL #conversation Compelling Conversations books can help you create stimulating English conversations. Our engaging conversation books include self-contained chapters that show ESL (English as a Second Language) students how to ask better questions, provide clearer answers, paraphrase global proverbs, and express p

Ask more, know more, share more. Create Compelling Conversations. #ESL #ELT #TEFL #EFL #conversation Compelling Conversations books can help you create stimulating English conversations. Our engaging conversation books include self-contained chapters that show ESL (English as a Second Language) students how to ask better questions, provide clearer answers, paraphrase global proverbs, and express p

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02/01/2022
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Do you dress differently than you did five years ago? How? What fashion trends have you seen change over the last decade? #TESOL #questions #conversation #Change

01/21/2022

Who are you? How do you describe yourself? Students and teachers enjoy “Being Yourself” conversation questions to introduce challenging vocabulary to advanced #ESL students in your #English classroom. https://buff.ly/3fq7WYR #TEFL #TESOL

01/20/2022

How can we encourage fellow humans to listen and engage in English conversation with us? Where do we begin? How do we keep the conversation flowing? #conversationtips #learningEnglish https://buff.ly/2YuGiEy

01/15/2022
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Which of your friends would make good roommates? Why? Compelling Conversations often start with great questions. #conversations #friends #TEFL

"What are the 1000 most common words in English?" Sometimes #ESL students ask simple, direct questions that I can't imme...
01/15/2022
What are the 1000 most common words in English?

"What are the 1000 most common words in English?" Sometimes #ESL students ask simple, direct questions that I can't immediately answer. Should students learn these vocabulary words first? Why? #TESOL #TEFL #vocabulary

What are the 1000 most common words in English? Should you learn them first? Compelling Conversation Blog for ESL, EFL, ELL students and teachers - What are the 1000 most common words in English?

01/14/2022

Are you looking for lessons that develop your students' #research #skills? “Creating Compelling Conversations – Reproducible Search and Share Activities for English Teachers” provides guidance for #busy #teachers.

Do you teach English students abroad? Do your #EFL students hope to study in the United States? Why? How do you prepare ...
01/14/2022
How can we help prepare future international students navigate an American classroom?

Do you teach English students abroad? Do your #EFL students hope to study in the United States? Why? How do you prepare #international students to succeed in American high schools and colleges? #TEFL #TESOL

Compelling Conversation Blog for ESL, EFL, ELL students and teachers - How can we help prepare future international students navigate an American classroom?

01/13/2022

Do you teach Vietnamese English language learners? Where do you find quality #conversation materials? Have you seen our free “Delicious Choices” chapter for #Vietnamese English language students? #TEFL #Vietnam #TESOL https://buff.ly/2p6Yejb

01/13/2022

“Fate chooses your relatives; you choose your friends.” —French Proverb. Do you agree? Disagree? Why? #TESOL #quotes https://buff.ly/3jdw1nW #quotes #friends #ESL

01/12/2022

Have you heard the American expression “the secret to getting ahead is getting started”? Do you agree? Disagree? Why? #TESOL #quotes https://buff.ly/2FsPJKh #procrastination #Teaching #ESL

01/12/2022

Who are you? How do you describe yourself? Students and teachers enjoy “Being Yourself” conversation questions to introduce challenging vocabulary to advanced #ESL students in your #English classroom. https://buff.ly/3fq7WYR #TEFL #TESOL

How do we avoid avoidance? How do we find the inner resources to confront situations and move forward?“[F]eeling is what...
01/07/2022
Riding Life's Waves: Confronting Procrastination – The Surfer's Way

How do we avoid avoidance? How do we find the inner resources to confront situations and move forward?

“[F]eeling is what tells you you’re alive,” Bregman explains. By riding out our emotions like waves, we become less intimidated by them – and maybe even enjoy them. It’s like learning a language: the more you ask, the more you know and the more you share. The more you share, the easier conversation flows. In both scenarios, the potential rewards far exceed the risk.
Despite this celebration of feeling, taking initiative is still often easier said than done. What advice can we offer our peers, our students and – perhaps especially – ourselves when it comes to taking the final plunge?

Why do we procrastinate? Is it from fear of failure – or of feeling? While easier said than done, the solution is simple; author Peter Bregman explains how adopting a surfer's attitude toward to-do lists helps us confront life's waves head-on.

By Eric H. Roth and Samantha Jungheim Whenever you are learning a new language, you might consider where and how you can...
10/11/2021
Six Conversation Tips for English Language Learners and Teachers!

By Eric H. Roth and Samantha Jungheim
Whenever you are learning a new language, you might consider where and how you can practice speaking this language. We've compiled a list of six vital conversation tips to help you improve your English speaking skills. How can we encourage fellow humans to listen and engage in English conversation with us? Where do we begin? How do we keep the conversation flowing?
1. Be curious.

"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud."

-Hermann Hesse (https://buff.ly/2LddIeN) (1877-1962), German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter
So often our desire to have meaningful conversations overshadows the reason why we want to have them in the first place: to learn from others. Every time we interact with family, friends, acquaintances and strangers, we develop new growth and understanding. Therefore, it remains important to keep this in mind when we strike up a conversation. What can we learn? How do we keep a favorable attitude? Most importantly, emphasize the importance of keeping an open mind to our conversation partner. Doing so ensures things start off on the right foot. Remind yourself that even if you find yourself disagreeing with the person, they can sustain a tolerant mindset. Your conversation partner has a whole world of experiences to share– and so do you!
We learn from conversations every day. What, for instance, did you learn in conversations in the last 24 hours? What can be learned from conversations in the coming week?
Conversations matter, and bringing a positive spirit to new conversations helps create more positive experiences. We need to bring this simple observation into our English classes. We sometimes have to nudge ourselves to see the positive possibilities of starting conversations in English.
How do you encourage your classmates or friends to feel more positive about their future conversations in English?

2. Search for common interests.
“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

-Albert Camus (https://buff.ly/2kaZlfP) (1913-1960), French novelist and Nobel Prize winner
We can learn a great deal from our conversations, even about our own interests and hobbies! Finding a commonality generates fantastic interaction because both sides possess enthusiasm over the subject. Potential topics could stem from several categories, such as literature, sports, movies or pastimes.
What’s a good way to find out what you have in common with someone else? Ask questions! Encourage your conversation partner to inquire about favorites, dislikes and other types of opinions with each other. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out what you share with others!

3. Match the mood.
“The body never lies.”

-Martha Graham (https://buff.ly/3uYMv7G) (1894-1991), American modern dancer
A conversation composed entirely of just words holds less meaning if there aren’t appropriate reactions and responses. Therefore, body language and facial expressions remain key, as both signal the way words are being absorbed.
Facing toward the person is just the first step to giving the person full attention. Avoid crossing arms or swaying from side to side–as these movements create barriers that reflect indifference or boredom. This can help you exude interest with your body language and facial expressions.
Don't be too serious. Fidgeting or frequently averting your eyes can stop a conversation in its tracks. By taping your foot or looking away from your conversation partner can read this as nervousness or discomfort about the conversation topic. You body language may be signalling like a yellow traffic light to your partner letting them know it's time to change the topic. Keep eye contact to reflect that you want the conversation to continue.
Further, the face itself portrays our thoughts–remember to be aware that your expressions should be appropriate! For instance, an unchanging, unresponsive appearance creates an apathetic vibe even if their words reflect excitement.
As always, consistent eye contact is crucial, even when walking and talking. Looking at the other person’s eyes conveys interest and therefore adds another layer of connection.
Bring what you've seen in the classroom or in movies to your own conversations. Consider how people react to one another during a conversation? What sort of body language and facial expressions do they use? How can you start using body language to better communicate?

4. Listen louder.
"Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking."- Bernard Baruch (https://buff.ly/306oi45) (1870-1965), American financier and statesman
Do you pay attention to what others are saying in a conversation? About half the conversation should be spent listening to what the other person has to say; after all, it's a conversation a presentation! As ment…

Compelling Conversation Blog for ESL, EFL, ELL students and teachers - Six Conversation Tips for English Language Learners and Teachers!

Regardless of motive, learning English remains a smart choice for millions and millions of working adults and ambitious ...
09/29/2021
Learning English: Opening More Doors and Letting Personal Dreams Unfold

Regardless of motive, learning English remains a smart choice for millions and millions of working adults and ambitious students. It presents possibilities for better-paying jobs and additional choices in pursuing an international education. Plus, it helps immigrants to English-speaking nations adjust to their new homes. English often helps individuals change their lives and expand options for a more satisfying life.

Compelling Conversation Blog for ESL, EFL, ELL students and teachers - Learning English: Opening More Doors and Letting Personal Dreams Unfold

Speaking skills, I’d suggest, deserve at least as much attention as grammar in our classrooms. Do students who know prop...
09/27/2021
Better ESL Classes with More Classroom Conversation Activities!

Speaking skills, I’d suggest, deserve at least as much attention as grammar in our classrooms. Do students who know proper grammar on worksheets, but can’t hold a conversation really speak English? Consider me sceptical. After all, does anyone ever ask "Do you grammar English?"

Compelling Conversation Blog for ESL, EFL, ELL students and teachers - Better ESL Classes with More Classroom Conversation Activities!

08/03/2021

Who are you? How do you describe yourself? Students and teachers enjoy “Being Yourself” conversation questions to introduce challenging vocabulary to advanced #ESL students in your #English classroom. https://buff.ly/3fq7WYR #TEFL #TESOL

However, finding authentic and compelling listening materials may prove challenging for many English teachers.  "This I ...
07/29/2021
Listening to 'This I Believe' and Our Students in ESL Classes

However, finding authentic and compelling listening materials may prove challenging for many English teachers. "This I Believe" remains a favorite resource and speaking skills activity. The eclectic collection of personal reflections encourages active learning too.What are your core beliefs? This popular classroom activity allows English learners to improve their listening skills while exploring their own personal philosophy.

What are your core beliefs? This ESL classroom activity allows English learners to improve their listening and speaking skills while exploring their own personal philosophy. Includes Search and Share worksheet for "This I Believe" podcast % .

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”-Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British authorSometimes stu...
07/28/2021
What are the 1000 most common words in English?

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
-Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author
Sometimes students ask simple, direct questions that I can't immediately answer. For instance, an ESL student wondered, "What are the 1000 most common words in English?"
Wiktionary, an offshoot of the wonderful Wikipedia, offers this answer . The list looks, sounds, and feels right, and offers no big surprises. English, an ever evolving and changing language, will probably have a slightly different list in a decade.

Importance of Authentic Vocabulary Reflecting Interests
Do I recommend memorizing this current list? No. Should you learn this 1000 words first? Well, there's an argument for that. Many teachers do believe that frequency equals usefulness.
Yet do you want to merely follow the crowd? Wouldn't it be more interesting to choose your own first 1,000 words in English? Besides, won't you be learning thousands of English words? Do you already know a few thousand English words?

Discovering Vocabulary
Language is to be used, discovered, and enjoyed. Memorizing long lists of vocabulary words in English can be dull. Of course, memorizing vocabulary lists can sometimes effective for standardized tests too. Do you keep a vocabulary journal? Many English language learners find keeping vocabulary journals - online or on paper - help. The challenge, however, remains to being able to use the right vocabulary words in right way at the right time. Merely memorizing words seldom creates compelling conversations. Vocabulary lists, however, can provide a sense of satisfaction and order.

Sometimes vocabulary lists like this can also help us review and trigger new connections. Yet exploring a personal interest in English will help you generate a more personal, authentic, and meaningful vocabulary in English.
So what interests you today? What do you want to learn more about - in English? Why not create your own vocabulary list to match you and your interests? After all, shouldn’t your English vocabulary- and vocabulary journal - reflect you?

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What are the 1000 most common words in English? Should you learn them first? Compelling Conversation Blog for ESL, EFL, ELL students and teachers - What are the 1000 most common words in English?

English teachers must, therefore, explicitly teach these conversation skills.  The asking, understanding, and responding...
07/24/2021
Can we make more time for conversations in and outside of English classrooms? Can we make time for conversations in and outside of the classroom?

English teachers must, therefore, explicitly teach these conversation skills. The asking, understanding, and responding to questions remains a complicated skill. It's also a vital communication ability both inside and outside our ESL classrooms. Students need to practice and practice again. English teachers should create the time and find the materials so students can learn by doing and create short conversations.

English teachers must make time and share materials so ESL students can develop their conversation skills. Students learn best by doing! Compelling Conversation Blog for ESL, EFL, ELL students and teachers - Can we make more time for conversations in and outside of English classrooms?

07/23/2021
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“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
-Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author
Sometimes students ask simple, direct questions that I can't immediately answer. For instance, an ESL student wondered, "What are the 1000 most common words in English?"
Wiktionary, an offshoot of the wonderful Wikipedia, offers this answer . The list looks, sounds, and feels right, and offers no big surprises. English, an ever evolving and changing language, will probably have a slightly different list in a decade.
Importance of authentic vocabulary reflecting interests
Do I recommend memorizing this current list? No. Language is to be used, discovered, and enjoyed. Memorizing long lists of vocabulary words in English, while sometimes effective for standardized tests, seldom helps create compelling conversations. Vocabulary lists, however, can provide a sense of satisfaction and order.
Sometimes vocabulary lists like this can also help us review and trigger new connections. Yet exploring a personal interest in English will help you generate a more personal, authentic, and meaningful vocabulary in English. So what interests you today? What do you want to learn more about? Where can you find two quality articles on that topic? Why not create your own vocabulary list to match you and your interests? Shouldn’t your vocabulary journal reflect you?

Ask more. Know more. Share more.
Create Compelling Conversations.
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Compelling Conversations is a series of fluency-focused ELT books. Some conversation books are designed for ESL (English as a Second Language) students, some books for EFL (English as a Foreign Language), and some for English teachers of native and non-native English speakers.

Compelling Conversations books can help you create stimulating English conversations. Our engaging conversation books include self-contained chapters that show English language learners how to ask better questions, provide clearer answers, paraphrase global proverbs, and express personal opinions in English. Focusing on essential fluency skills, all the Compelling Conversations titles (original, American, Vietnam, and Japan) allow English language learners to explore our changing world and learn by doing. Our books are available as both hard copies and ebooks. What works better for you? Which format do your English students prefer?

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Do you dress differently than you did five years ago? How? What fashion trends have you seen change over the last decade? #TESOL #questions #conversation #Change
Who are you? How do you describe yourself? Students and teachers enjoy “Being Yourself” conversation questions to introduce challenging vocabulary to advanced #ESL students in your #English classroom. https://buff.ly/3fq7WYR #TEFL #TESOL
How can we encourage fellow humans to listen and engage in English conversation with us? Where do we begin? How do we keep the conversation flowing? #conversationtips #learningEnglish https://buff.ly/2YuGiEy
Which of your friends would make good roommates? Why? Compelling Conversations often start with great questions. #conversations #friends #TEFL
"What are the 1000 most common words in English?" Sometimes #ESL students ask simple, direct questions that I can't immediately answer. Should students learn these vocabulary words first? Why? #TESOL #TEFL #vocabulary
Are you looking for lessons that develop your students' #research #skills? “Creating Compelling Conversations – Reproducible Search and Share Activities for English Teachers” provides guidance for #busy #teachers.
Do you teach English students abroad? Do your #EFL students hope to study in the United States? Why? How do you prepare #international students to succeed in American high schools and colleges? #TEFL #TESOL
Do you teach Vietnamese English language learners? Where do you find quality #conversation materials? Have you seen our free “Delicious Choices” chapter for #Vietnamese English language students? #TEFL #Vietnam #TESOL https://buff.ly/2p6Yejb
“Fate chooses your relatives; you choose your friends.” —French Proverb. Do you agree? Disagree? Why? #TESOL #quotes https://buff.ly/3jdw1nW #quotes #friends #ESL
Have you heard the American expression “the secret to getting ahead is getting started”? Do you agree? Disagree? Why? #TESOL #quotes https://buff.ly/2FsPJKh #procrastination #Teaching #ESL
Who are you? How do you describe yourself? Students and teachers enjoy “Being Yourself” conversation questions to introduce challenging vocabulary to advanced #ESL students in your #English classroom. https://buff.ly/3fq7WYR #TEFL #TESOL
How do we avoid avoidance? How do we find the inner resources to confront situations and move forward? “[F]eeling is what tells you you’re alive,” Bregman explains. By riding out our emotions like waves, we become less intimidated by them – and maybe even enjoy them. It’s like learning a language: the more you ask, the more you know and the more you share. The more you share, the easier conversation flows. In both scenarios, the potential rewards far exceed the risk. Despite this celebration of feeling, taking initiative is still often easier said than done. What advice can we offer our peers, our students and – perhaps especially – ourselves when it comes to taking the final plunge?