These questions from Emily:
"I am considering using World Link. I see that you recommend it, but since I don't have the book in front of me, I was wondering if you use it for conversation classes or for writing classes.
Another question is about the presentation you have your students do. I saw on your syllabus that you included an oral presentation. That is something I'd like to integrate into my course this semester. Are the particulars for that project outlined on your blog somewhere?"
World Link is a conversation book, and one of the best ones I've ever used. It's definitely not for a writing class. For writing, I like: Get Ready to Write: A First Composition Text (2nd Edition) or Ready to Write 1: A First Composition Text (3rd Edition).
As far as presentations go, I've done lots of different things. Here are some of my old blog entries on that subject: 1, 2, 3. Let me know if helpful or not. If not, I'll go into more details for you in another post.