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Conversation-Based Learning

Conversation-Based Learning

This is conversation-based learning. An education should be preparation for life
and life is not a grammar test.

ETJ Member’s Teaching Materials

For more information and to buy the materials: Contact Gunther Breaux by email.

For Web-based information: Go to the Conversation-Based Learning site

All enquiries and communication about shipping, payment etc. . . should be made directly with Gunther Breaux.

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Writing for Speaking

High school and college conversation textbook

The education goal is smoother speaking ability. Listening, reading, writing, vocabulary and pronunciation are speaking preparation, and also improve. When all those skills improve, so do TOEIC scores.

Writing is great preparation for speaking, and speaking is great reinforcement for writing. Why would you ever teach them separately?

Price: ¥1,800

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Writing for Speaking: Academic Conversations

University Conversation textbook

The education goal is smoother speaking ability. Listening, reading, writing, vocabulary and pronunciation are speaking preparation, and also improve. When all those skills improve, so do TOEIC scores.

Writing is great preparation for speaking, and speaking is great reinforcement for writing. Why would you ever teach them separately?

Price: ¥1,800

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What about you?

Pair conversation textbook, for high school to adult

This is a supplemental conversation textbook for teachers who’s textbook is long on grammar and short on speaking.

There are 15 pair-activities that cover common EFL topics, such as Weekends, Food, Sports and Vacations.

The method is speed dating conversations. One topic provides focus, and many partners provides repetition.

Price: ¥900

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Talk or Walk: Conversations for English Class

Photocopiable Teacher’s Resource book, from middle school to adult

There are 24 pair and trio activities for common EFL topics, which generate at 24 hours of personally relevant conversations.

Many activities require a little student input (5 minutes), so they can be checked as homework. This forces students to come prepared, homework grades are objective and transparent.

Price: ¥2500

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Pronunciation Practice for English Class

Photocopiable Teacher’s Resource book, from middle school to adult

Here are 18 pair pronunciation activities for common EFL topics.

For example, when you’re covering FOOD in your textbook, use the FOOD unit here to improve pronunciation. Vocabulary is also improved because the answer words are topic words, such as: bland, brunch, buffet, and crispy.

All Japanese students have trouble with certain sounds, such as: light, right, white, night; bat, bet, beat, bit; ban, pan, fan, van. These phonemes are used in information-gap activities. MP3 audio included. Each activity has three audio files.

Price: ¥2500

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300 Business Idioms

Supplemental textbook and self-study

These are not just idioms. They are business concepts that are best expressed with idioms.

Each idiom has an English explanation and several example sentences. British idioms are included.

Price: ¥1000

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200 Personality Idioms

Supplemental textbook and self-study

These are not just idioms. This is a dictionary of American personality.

PASSIVE: There are 60 pages of idioms. Each idiom has an English definition and several example sentences.

ACTIVE: There are 20 pages of review exercises.
1. Antonym matching: thinking, learning, internalizing.
2. Example dialog with audio file: reading, listening, pronouncing.
3. Example sentences: read and then write your own.

Now you can sound fluent before you are fluent.

Price: ¥1000

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