Compelling Conversations https://www.compellingconversations.com Ask more. Share more. Know more. Create Compelling Conversations. Fri, 07 Jan 2022 00:35:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 Riding Life’s Waves: Confronting Procrastination – The Surfer’s Way https://www.compellingconversations.com/riding-waves-confronting-procrastination-2?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=riding-waves-confronting-procrastination-2 https://www.compellingconversations.com/riding-waves-confronting-procrastination-2#respond Fri, 07 Jan 2022 00:35:02 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=6016

How do we avoid avoidance? How do we find the inner resources to confront situations and move forward?

“[F]eeling is what tells you you’re alive,” Bregman explains. By riding out our emotions like waves, we become less intimidated by them – and maybe even enjoy them. It’s like learning a language...

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Six Conversation Tips for English Language Learners and English Teachers! https://www.compellingconversations.com/six-conversation-tips-for-english-language-learners-and-teachers?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=six-conversation-tips-for-english-language-learners-and-teachers https://www.compellingconversations.com/six-conversation-tips-for-english-language-learners-and-teachers#respond Sat, 09 Oct 2021 20:00:19 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=6159

We learn from conversations every day. What, for instance, did you learn in conversations in the last 24 hours? What can be learned from conversations in the coming week?

Conversations matter, and bringing a positive spirit to new conversations helps create more positive experiences. We need to b...

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Learning English: Opening More Doors and Letting Personal Dreams Unfold https://www.compellingconversations.com/learning-english-opening-doors?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=learning-english-opening-doors https://www.compellingconversations.com/learning-english-opening-doors#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2021 01:00:27 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=6093

Regardless of motive, learning English remains a smart choice for millions and millions of working adults and ambitious students. It presents possibilities for better-paying jobs and additional choices in pursuing an international education. Plus, it helps immigrants to English-speaking nations adju...

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Better ESL Classes with More Classroom Conversation Activities! https://www.compellingconversations.com/better-esl-more-classroom-conversation?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=better-esl-more-classroom-conversation https://www.compellingconversations.com/better-esl-more-classroom-conversation#respond Sun, 26 Sep 2021 22:16:54 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=6090

Do students who know proper English grammar on worksheets, but can’t hold a conversation in English really speak English? Consider me sceptical. After all, does anyone ever ask "Do you grammar English?"...

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Listening to ‘This I Believe’ and Our Students in ESL Classes https://www.compellingconversations.com/this-i-believe-esl-classes?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-i-believe-esl-classes Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:59:40 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=6031

However, finding authentic and compelling listening materials may prove challenging for many English teachers.  "This I Believe" remains a favorite resource and speaking skills activity. The eclectic collection of personal reflections encourages active learning too.What are your core beliefs? This p...

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What are the 1000 most common words in English? https://www.compellingconversations.com/1000-most-common-words-in-english?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1000-most-common-words-in-english https://www.compellingconversations.com/1000-most-common-words-in-english#respond Tue, 27 Jul 2021 21:00:26 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=6042

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” –Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author Sometimes students ask simple, direct questions that I can’t immediately answer. For instance, an ESL student wondered, “What are the 1000 most common words in English?̶...

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Can we make more time for conversations inside and outside of English classrooms? https://www.compellingconversations.com/english-teachers-need-to-help-students-practice-their-conversation-skills?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=english-teachers-need-to-help-students-practice-their-conversation-skills https://www.compellingconversations.com/english-teachers-need-to-help-students-practice-their-conversation-skills#respond Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:00:41 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=6023

English teachers must, therefore, explicitly teach these conversation skills.  The asking, understanding, and responding to questions remains a complicated skill. It's also a vital communication ability both inside and outside our ESL classrooms. Students need to practice and practice again. English...

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Collecting Resume Advice And Creating Compelling Conversations https://www.compellingconversations.com/collecting-resume-advice-creating-compelling-conversations?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=collecting-resume-advice-creating-compelling-conversations https://www.compellingconversations.com/collecting-resume-advice-creating-compelling-conversations#respond Tue, 23 Mar 2021 17:00:39 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=5987

“Job-hunting is always mysterious. Sometimes mind-bogglingly mysterious. You may never understand why things sometimes work, and sometimes do not.” –Richard Nelson Bolles (1927-2017), Author of “What Color is Your Parachute“ By Samantha Jungheim and Eric H. Roth How do you help pre...

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How can we help prepare future international students navigate an American classroom? https://www.compellingconversations.com/prepare-future-international-students-to-navigate-an-american-classroom?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prepare-future-international-students-to-navigate-an-american-classroom https://www.compellingconversations.com/prepare-future-international-students-to-navigate-an-american-classroom#respond Fri, 19 Mar 2021 20:00:28 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=5952

“The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it” – John Ciardi (1916-1986), American poet and translator   By Samantha Jungheim and Eric H. Roth Do you teach English students abroad? Are you educating young adults looking to study in the United States? Or teaching En...

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Podcasts for Real Skills and Compelling Conversations https://www.compellingconversations.com/podcasts-for-real-skills-and-compelling-conversations?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=podcasts-for-real-skills-and-compelling-conversations https://www.compellingconversations.com/podcasts-for-real-skills-and-compelling-conversations#respond Sat, 13 Feb 2021 21:00:16 +0000 https://www.compellingconversations.com/?p=5916

By Samantha Jungheim & Eric H. Roth “Any story hits you harder if the person delivering it doesn’t sound like some news robot, but in fact sounds like a real person having the reactions a real person would.” –Ira Glass (1959- ), American radio personality and host of “This American Life” W...

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