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ESL-Book.com was created by an an experienced English teacher (Eric Roth) and a creative website designer Mark Chumley to share book recommendations and spark conversations among English language learners and English language teachers. We hope our selections and recommendations will help you select better, smarter, and more satisfying ESL books.

Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures and perils of academic writing and public speaking in English at an elite global university in Los Angelesl. He also consults English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English and writes an ESL teacher's blog called Compelling Classroom Conversations.

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 thefirst 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 writing to 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).

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 40 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. Future versions for Japan, Korea, Israel, Mexico, and Romania are anticipated.

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 conference presentations and led many teacher training workshops. He looks forward to writing more book reviews and authoring more ESL textbooks to help English language learners improve their speaking skills.
 
Mark Chumley
Graphic Designer/Web Developer focuses on projects that bring people together to share ideas and information.

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ESL-Book.com provides quality resources we consider useful to English Teachers and English Language Learners. We're pleased to help ESL students and teachers navigate through the maze of possible books for their classrooms. We do have a business relationship with the websites and products linked to from this site. No comments, however, on this site should be interpreted as a warranty or guarantee. Learning any language is a wonderful opportunity to better oneself, it takes good resources, training and a great deal of effort.

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