Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learner

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Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners from Chimayo Press helps American immigrants and international students develop their fluency skills and academic vocabulary through conversation exercises.

Each chapter includes two sets of conversation questions, vocabulary review, short writing exercises, paraphrasing exercises with proverbs, a discussion activity around pithy quotations, and an online “Search and Share” activity. Focusing on both daily experiences and American culture through proverbs, quotations, and speaking exercises, the materials help intermediate English language learners explore their lives, learn common American sayings and expressions, and develop vital discussion skills. The fluency-focused ESL textbook emphasizes encourages students to expand their working vocabulary in English - both inside and outside the English classroom.

The 15 topical chapters include: Opening Moves; Going Beyond Hello; Making and Breaking Habits; Studying English; Being Yourself; Choosing and Keeping Friends; Playing and Watching Sports; Talking About American Television; Celebrating American Holidays; Being Stylish; Handling Stress; Practicing Job Interviews; Valuing Money and Finding Bargains; Exploring American Cities and Seeing Our World With Photographs. The “Resources and Notes” appendix includes the academic word list, supplemental worksheets, bibliographical references, author biographies and indices to proverbs and quotations.

The critically praised book has been used in community colleges, adult education centers, university ESL programs, and academic high school to prepare international students and American immigrants develop speaking skills and cultural awareness. This unusual ESL textbook understands that students gain conversational English proficiency from engaging in authentic English conversations. Students learn by doing and create their own compelling American conversations!

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