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). He also consults English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English, and publishes ESL/EFL books for English language learners with Chimayo Press.

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 of his career include: teaching the first Saturday morning citizenship class in Santa Monica (1994); directing the CES Adult Education Center (1995-1998); working with international students in summer IEP programs at UCLA Extension (1997-2000, 2003-2005); teaching USC engineering students in Madrid, Spain (2007) and Paris, France (2008); and directing the APU International High School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2009). USC promoted Roth to the title of master lecturer in 2013.

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, the 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 American English Language Learners came out in 2012.

A member of the USC faculty since 2003, Roth is 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 English teacher training workshops.

Eric H. Roth’s Books

Compelling American Conversations – Teacher Edition

This English Teacher’s Guide to Compelling American Conversations provides teaching tips, feedback suggestions, extension suggestions, and supplemental exercises so you can help teach speaking skills in a relaxed, confident manner. How do you we get our intermediate English language learners to speak more in our classes? How can we help prepare American residents by choice… [Read More]

Compelling Conversations – Japan

Do you teach speaking skills to Japanese English language learners? – Do your students need to improve their conversation skills? – Are you looking for an EFL conversation textbook that creates positive English language experiences? Compelling Conversations- Japan: Questions and Quotations for High Intermediate English Language Learners provides a wise range of speaking activities that… [Read More]

Compelling Conversations : Selected Chapters

These 11 thematic chapters have been selected and revised for The Language Company in their Level 2 speaking skills class. This intermediate ESL (English as a Second Language) conversation textbook includes quotations, paraphrasing activities, proverbs, quotations, surveys, and online assignments. Chapter titles are: Being Yourself; Studying English; Pet Peeves; Holidays and Celebrations; Eating Out; What… [Read More]

Compelling Conversations : Selected Chapters

These 11 thematic chapters have been selected and revised for The Language Company in their Level 1 speaking skills class. This intermediate ESL (English as a Second Language) conversation textbook includes quotations, paraphrasing activities, proverbs, quotations, surveys, and online assignments. Chapter titles are: Going Beyond Hello; Coming to America; Being Home; Eating and Drinking; Exploring… [Read More]

Compelling Conversations – Vietnam

Versatile Materials, Activities and Exercises Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Advanced Vietnamese English Language Learners includes: 15 thematic chapters Over 75 communicative activities Partner, group, and class discussion activities to develop fluency 15 targeted vocabulary lists to expand working vocabulary in social, professional, and academic contexts 15 Paraphrasing exercises Over 125 global proverbs to… [Read More]

Compelling American Conversations

Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for intermediate American English language learners explicitly emphasizes American language, culture, and democratic values. The primary audience is 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. Focused on the needs and aspirations of… [Read More]

It’s a Breeze

He’s wet behind the ears. The test was a piece of cake. She came right out of the blue. Do you know the words, but don’t understand the meaning? These short sentences use common American idioms. You will find idioms on television, in sports, at work, and at school. Idioms are also one reason English… [Read More]

Compelling Conversations:

The art of conversation, once considered the sign of a civilized individual, seems less common today. Of course, people learning English as a second, third, or fourth language face even more barriers. Compelling Conversations focuses on learning by doing, and making good mistakes in English conversations.

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