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20
JUN
2017
Eric Roth and Teresa Nguyen

Now available: Listen to Compelling Conversations Vietnam on ESL Garage!

    “One of the secrets to life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” —Jack Penn (1909-1996), South African plastic surgeon, sculptor and author Teachers of Vietnamese English language learners: have you tried using Compelling Conversations – Vietnam with your...
13
JUN
2017
Teresa Nguyen

Resource Round-up: ESL Garage on YouTube for English Language Learners

   “If I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that time and practice equal achievement.” —Andre Agassi (1970 – ), American former world-champion tennis player Do you teach Vietnamese English language learners? Is pronunciation a common obstacle in your classroom? If so, we highly...
21
FEB
2017
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Sound Conversations: Oral Language Solutions for Vietnamese Language Learners

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.”  – James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish novelist   How many Vietnamese English language learners (ELLs) are in the United States? What are the specific...
16
FEB
2017
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Teaching Matters: The Perception of Time and Value of Punctuality in American Culture

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” – William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, painter and printmaker   The concept of...
24
JAN
2017
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Teaching Matters: Eating Etiquette

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard (1903-1985), American author   Previously on the blog, we’ve addressed how to make positive first impressions in a variety of settings, from a handshake to a professional email. But table manners...
21
JAN
2017
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Culture Corner: Identifying & Respecting Personal Space

  “Courtesy costs nothing.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American writer, philosopher   How close is too close? How can English language learners – and native speakers too! – create more comfortable conversation spaces with strangers, friends and family...
14
JAN
2017
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The Importance of the Academic Word List

“One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” – Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British author and journalist   What is the Academic Word List? Why does it matter? How can it help English language learners...
10
JAN
2017
Compelling Conversations Vietnam Book Cover

Compelling Conversations – Vietnam is here!

Become who you want to be – in English! Vietnamese teachers of English: are you developing a more fluency-focused curriculum for your ESL/EFL class this fall? Are you seeking new, engaging communicative activities that encourage class discussions? How about flexible lesson plans...
03
NOV
2016
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Making Introductions, Part 2: Small Talk

“A conversation can be easy. Just ask a question and then listen.” -Robert Bly (1926-), American poet and author   Previously on the blog, we discussed the importance of first impressions. A firm handshake goes a long way, but what happens afterward? How do we teach English...
27
OCT
2016
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Making Introductions, Part 1: Shaking Hands

“From small beginnings come great things.” – American proverb   First impressions matter.  The gateway to many compelling conversations remains the greeting. As the proverb says, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. However, breaking the ice can...
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