Eric RothCountry: United States
BiographyEric 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) as a Master Lecturer. He also consults with English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English.
Given a full scholarship as a Lilly Scholar, Roth studied philosophy and American history at Wabash College (1980-1984), and received his M.A. in Media Studies from the New School (1988). Since 1992, Roth has taught English to high school, community college, adult, and university students.
Highlights include teaching USC writing courses in Spain (2007) and Paris, France (2008); and directing the APU International High School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2009). USC also awarded Roth two USC Teaching with Technology grants in 2012. He has also given several TESOL presentations since 2011, and has helped USC students applying for Fulbright positions as English Teaching Assistants (ETA) since 2012. Roth also served on the National Selection Committee for the Fullbright ETA program for Southeast Asia in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
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, this 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: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners appeared in 2012 and a Teacher Edition followed in 2015. Compelling Conversations – Japan came out in 2015. Roth and Nguyen coauthored an expanded, second edition of Compelling Conversations – Vietnam: Speaking Exercises for Vietnamese Learners of English in 2017. The pair also produced Creating Compelling Conversations: Reproducible Search and Share Activities for English Teachers, a collection of standalone webquest activities, in 2019.
A member of the USC faculty since 2003, Roth is also a member of numerous professional organizations including: California Association of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL); the International Communication Association (ICA); the International Professors Project (IPP); and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Roth has given several CATESOL and TESOL conference presentations and led many teacher training worshops. He writes short reflective essays, reviews ESL/EFL related books and apps, and shares ELT teaching tips at CompellingConversations. com/blog.
Roth looks forward to learning something new today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow.