Based on our original and highly successful English as a Second Language (ESL) textbook, Compelling Conversations, this book focuses specifically on Japanese-speaking English language learners. Using culturally relevant touchstones and exercises, Compelling Conversations - Japan helps fill the gap between technical ability and the practical skill of engaging in casual conversations. Each thematic chapter develops a variety of skills that allow developing English language speakers to build a better understanding of how to expand their conversational prowess as they refine their fluency. Prompts and activities are designed to build these speaking skills while learning how to give appropriate answers, ask engaging questions, and create compelling conversations in English!
The distinctive features of Compelling Conversations - Japan include:
- Fluency-focused activities
- Specific pronunciation challenges
- Challenges for Japanese English language learners
- Search and Share speaking activities for small group discussions
The 12 thematic chapters covering a wide variety of modern and timeless conversation topics:
Getting the Conversation Started
Going Beyond Hello
Home Sweet Home
Eating and Drinking
Exploring Daily Habits
Making and Keeping Friends
Sharing Pet Peeves
Talking about Movies
Learning in School
This innovative EFL conversation textbook teaches deep conversation skills using meaningful activities. Students create positive English language experiences, and expand their academic and social vocabulary with memorable discussions. The textbook also deploys over 120 curated quotes and more than 60 proverbs to improve critical thinking and practice paraphrasing skills. Further, each chapter concludes with a Search & Share internet research project to encourage students to bring more of their interests and preferences into the English classroom. The authentic exercises also spark lively discussions and allow students to share their perceptions and reflections in small group discussions.
Bottom line: Compelling Conversations - Japan makes creating authentic conversations in English easy!