Compelling Conversations – Vietnam

Speaking Exercises for Vietnamese Learners of English

Become who you want to be - in English! Compelling Conversations - Vietnam: Speaking Exercises for Vietnamese Learners of English is the second edition of Compelling Conversations - Vietnam: Questions and Quotations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners. Based on our original and highly successful English as a Second Language (ESL) textbook, Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics, this unique ELT textbook was created specifically for Vietnamese learners of English in the United States.

The fluency-focused second edition includes 14 revised thematic chapters to create quality conversations, interview questions, pronunciation exercises, and paraphrasing exercises of traditional proverbs to create hours of English conversation and class discussions. Compelling Conversations - Vietnam also expands word knowledge and academic vocabulary with communicative activities focused around the study of common prefixes and suffixes.

Primarily designed for international high school, community college/university and adult education English language programs, this text combines focused communicative activities with the natural language approach and edtech activities to spark lively conversations in and out of the English classrooms. Written by Teresa X Nguyen, an ESL teacher best known for the bilingual (Vietnamese - English) YouTube series ESL Garage, and Eric H. Roth, the co-author of the popular ESL textbook series Compelling Conversations, this conversation book also includes cultural tips for international students and American immigrants. Readers and English students gain greater fluency and confidence while sharing opinions, building critical thinking skills, and creating authentic conversations with enhanced vocabulary.

Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners includes:

  • Over 100 communicative activities about daily life
  • Over 300 questions to spark conversation and reflection
  • Focused pronunciation activities that target common "good mistakes" made by Vietnamese learners of English
  • Short readings on American culture
  • Over 100 global and 40 Vietnamese proverbs to build intercultural under- standing and develop critical thinking skills
  • Flexible activities for multi-level listening and speaking ESL classes
  • Academic vocabulary sets to perform better on standardized tests like TOEFL, IELTS
  • Communicative word activities focused on common prefixes and suffixes
  • Bilingual sets of Vietnamese and American proverbs for phrasing practice
  • Groups short writing activities and online quizzes to put academic vocabulary into practice
  • 15 Search and Share webquest assignments for small discussion groups
  • 10 additional reproducible surveys, forms, and worksheets in the appendix

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"This 230-page, 14-chapter book covers topics and contexts such as greetings, school, home, family relationships, eating, habits, self-reliance, meaning of friendship, management situations, exploring the city, watching movies, and expressing ideas. The content is based on how to ask questions, not grammar, not idioms, not slang words. Learn English while learning both American and Vietnamese culture.” - Linh Nguyen Nguoi-Viet March 23, 2017

"It is a must-read for all English language instructors working with Vietnamese learners of English." - Annie Tran Cal State Uni., Fullerton

"Compelling Conversations is a text that encourages multiculturalism, that is flexible enough to use for all ages of advanced English language learners, and that gives a personally relevant, tailored experience for advanced Vietnamese ELLs to formulate their opinions in anticipation of present and future communications with English speakers.... I recommend this book as a backbone for a lively conversation class." - Sarah Elizabeth Snyder, Teaching English as a Second Language - Electronic Journal (Compelling Conversations - Vietnam, 1st Edition)

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About Eric H. Roth

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) as a Master Lecturer. He also consults with English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English.

Roth remains best known as the creator and co-author of four critically-acclaimed ELT textbooks in the Compelling Conversations series. A member of the USC faculty since 2003, Roth actively participates in three professional organizations including: CATESOL, TESOL, and IWOSC. Roth has given several CATESOL and TESOL presentations. Roth first visited Vietnam in 2000, returning three times to consult and teach. He serves on the Fulbright National Screening Committee for ETA applicants (Vietnam). Roth has taught in France, Spain, Vietnam, and the United States.


Teresa X. Nguyen, M.A. in Linguistics, B.A. in English Literature, brings considerable experience to this innovative textbook for Vietnamese learners seeking to improve their English speaking skills. Currently a core faculty at the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in the American Language Program (ALP), she has spent over ten years directing and teaching English to Vietnamese learners, both abroad in Southeast Asia and locally in southern California.

Nguyen’s thirst to sharpen her teaching skills, has taught a wide variety of English language learners. Nguyen has taught English language learners in China, Vietnam, and the United States from over 25 countries. She has also taught English learners from elementary school to graduate students. The experiential basis for this communicative ESL textbook is her own struggles and successes as an international student studying abroad in Korea (2006), Spain (2007), and China (2008).

Nguyen has also presented at several English teacher conferences, including TESOL international conferences in Baltimore, Maryland (2016) & Toronto, Canada (2015), CATESOL conferences in Anaheim, California (2015) & Santa Clara, California (2014), and at TESOL club events (2014, 2015). Her presentations focus on the optimal use of edtech. However, Nguyen’s most rewarding career experience – so far – has been supervising and training TESOL graduate students as a Master teacher (2013-present). She also stars in ESL Garage, a bilingual YouTube channel.

Compelling Conversations – Vietnam: Speaking Exercises for Vietnamese Learners of English is her first book.


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