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This site has been created as a medium for teachers and adult students of English
for speakers of other languages to use to share experiences. It is designed primarily
for intermediate to advanced students and their teachers. 

Belmont International English website last updated May 8, 2020.

ESL classes closed until September

It is now official.  Our classes are closed for the remainder of the Spring semester.  I regret very much that this drastic step has become necessary.  I will miss you all very much.  We will still have a conversation group twice a week.  If you would like to join us, email me.  We also have the written exercises below.  If you do the written exercises, you may send them to me, and I'll correct them and offer suggestions.  I prefer MSWord attachments.  Talking, of course, is the best way to improve your English, but reading is also very helpful.  Reading will enrich your vocabulary and get you accustomed to American rhythms and word order.  Read books, newspapers, magazines,  or anything, as long as it's in English. 

Best wishes.  Stay healthy.  Frank 




 Hey!  As long as you're stuck at home,

why not work on your English?

First, download the phrasal verbs or idioms and study them. 

Click here to download Phrasal verbs W

Click here to download Idioms 1

Click here to download Idioms 2

Click here to download idioms having to do with the body

Then, download the substitution exercise.

Click here to download substitution exercise for W phrasal verbs

Click here to download substitution exercise for Idioms 1

Click here to download substitution exercise for Idioms 2

Click here to download substitution exercise for body idioms

 In the exercise, substitute a W phrasal verb or an idiom for the words in italics.  Try to do this without referring to your print out of the verbs or idioms. Then if you want to, you may send your work to me at   Whether or not you are enrolled in my class, I will correct your work and email it back to you.


Parnassus on Wheels 

I enjoyed reading Call of the Wild with you.  I think all of us indentified with Buck.  Our next boook is Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley.  This book inspired the name of Ann Patchett's bookstore in Nashville.  It is a fast read and it is fun to read.  I know you'll enjoy it.  There are fifteen short chapters.  I recommend that you read three chapters a week.  It shouldn't take much time.  We'll talk about the first three chapters on Tuesday.  There is a lnk below to the entire text in .pdf format.  

Click here for a link to Parnassus on Wheels

If you like Jack London, I know you'll enjoy his novella, The Scarlet Plague.  

Click here to a link to the complete text (pdf) of The Scarlet Plague

 We are working on an online conversation group using Zoom.
Right now, the conversation group is meeting for one hour three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9 am.  If you are interested in joining this group, write me at 


March 21 was the birthday of Benito Juárez

He and Abraham Lincoln were contemporaries.  Both are heros of mine.  Juárez was president of México while Linclon was president of the United States.  Such a pity that these two great men never met.  Click below to read more about this remarkable man.

Click here to download biography of Benito Juarez


Today is el Cinco de Mayo

On this day in 1862, The Mexican Army defeated the invading French army.  It is celebrated more by Mexicans in the United States than in Mexico. 

Why didn't we help our neighbors?  What was happening in the United States of America in 1862? 



Click here to download explanation of Cinco de Mayo

We were together for Thanksgiving, and we loved being together.  We work hard, but we have fun, too.  Language is an integral part of life, and we enjoy working together, playing together and talking together .


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About Belmont International English 
An English language school for international students has been in operation at the Belmont United Methodist Church since 1966. 
Through the generosity of the church members, around four thousand students from many countries have been helped to improve
their proficiency in English and their understanding of American culture.  
We welcome new students.  We work hard, but we have fun, too. 


The director of Belmont International English is Dr. Frank Jones. Dr. Jones received the M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1958,

the M.S. degree in Orthopedic Surgery from the Mayo Graduate School of the University of Minnesota in 1967, the M.A. degree in French from

Vanderbilt in 1995, and the M.Ed. degree, with emphasis on ESL, from Tennessee State University in 2000.  He has been teaching English since

his retirement from practice in 1998.       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209