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Classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages are offered for adult Nashvillians in classrooms provided through the generosity of the members of the Belmont United Methodist Church, at 2007 Acklen Ave., Nashville, TN 27212.    Our primary class meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings from nine to noon. 
We have a very diverse and interesting group of students, and we welcome new students.  For further information, go to contact us on the navigation bar and send me an e mail.
 
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Cheers, everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!  We're just happy to be together.

BELMONT ESL WRITES  2018

On Thursday, April 26, a special celebration was held in the Community Center of Belmont United Methodist Church to celebrate those who had contributed to the Writers' Showcase. Students, their families, and members of the community were invited. Winning stories from each class were read by guest speakers. Refreshments were served.  The winners in our sixth level class were Ana Flores Calvo from Mexico, Proshat Mazhar from Iran, and Yong (Wayne) Wang from China.  I'm really glad that I wasn't a judge, because all that I read were great! 

 

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Our winning esssayists.  With me are Ana Flores Calvo ffrom Mexico, Proshat Mazhar from Iran, and Yong (Wayne) Wang from China.

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Some of their classmates came to cheer the winners.  Whenever Clau is around, there is always enthusiasm.  With Ana, Proshat, and Wayne and me are our associate teacher, Silin, and Ieda and Clau

 BELMONT ESL WRITES  2019

 Belmont ESL Writes is a writing event that is open to all Belmont ESL students. It features original writings by students from every level of Belmont's ESL program. All levels are included from beginning to advanced.  All students write stories. These stories are then read by a group of teachers and other professionals from Nashville.

In April, a special celebration is held. All students, their families, and members of the community are invited. Winning stories are read by guest speakers. If your story is chosen, your name is printed in the program and you are invited to sit on the stage during the performance. 

You can write about anything that you think other people would like to read about. Your story may be serious or funny. It does not need to be long, but it must be real.  Fictional stories may not be submitted.   Some stretching of the truth is permitted.  In the past, we have had some stories from the point of view of the family dog, but the things the dog saw actually happened.

Past stories have been about:  How I met my husband/wife, My first impressions of America, Adjusting to life in a different culture, Being trapped in the men's bathroom at a restaurant (written by a woman!),  Coming to America (written from the eyes of the family dog), What I like/dislike about the USA,  What I would like Americans to know about my culture/or country, or,  A childhood memory.

This is a terrific chance to improve your writing skills.  You write a rough draft and I will go over it with you to help with grammar, punctuation or spelling, but I will not change the "flavor" of your creative writing.  Plan on rewriting your story more than once. Your final story should not exceed two typed pages, double spaced.  Your rough draft is due to me February 28.  Final Draft is due March 5.  You can hand in a hard copy, but I would prefer that you email me your essay as a MSWord document. 

Unleash your creative talent!  Amaze and amuse your classmates, family, and friends.  

 

Homework 

Homework is an important part of the learning process, and I expect every student to do his homework every week. When I read over your written work, I can identify areas in which the whole class needs further instruction. This helps me to plan my lessons. In addition, I can find some individual problems that I can help you with.

 There are three homework assignments this week. They will be about the same every week.


 1.  Choose five of the phrasal verbs that I gave you Tuesday, and write one sentence using each of these phrasal verbs; a total of five sentences.  You may send your homework to me by e mail. If you send it as text, I will print it out, correct it, and return it to you next week. If you send it as a MSWord attachment, I will correct it using track changes, and e mail it back to you. You may also simply write your homework on paper and give it to me later this week. We will discuss the phrasal verbs and work on the substitutions next week.

 2.  Read an article in a newspaper or magazine, and be prepared to present it to the others at your table on Thursday.  I want you to look at your listeners, and tell them about the article.  Don't read to them. 

 3.  Read chapters 4-6 of The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper.  This book has been rewritten for young people, so it is shorter than the original and the language is more accessible.  The story is based of true events during the seven years' war between France and England, called the French and Indian war in North America. (There was no United States of America at the time the action in the book takes place.)  It is an exciting story, and not difficult.  I'm sure you will enjoy it. 

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It's not necessary to write anything for this exercise.  You should easily answer these questions as you read the book.  Knowing these answers will be useful to you when we discuss the book in class.

Click here to download study questions for chapters 1-3 of The Last of the Mohicans

Click here to download study questions for chapters 4-6 of The Last of the Mohicans

Book Night

Book night will meet Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. at my house, 724 Summerly Drive.  A link to a map to my house is below.

We will discuss "A Separate Peace,"  by John Knowles.   The language is quite accessible, and it isn't too long.  The library has several copies.  If it's not available at your library branch, ask the librarian to get it for you.  Amazon has many copies, most for under $5.00. 

         I suggest that you read it rapidly, using your dictionary very little, or not at all. Guess at unfamiliar words. I want you to get the flavor of the book. The book night is not a class. It is a social time. We will discuss the book, but our discussions cover a wide range of subjects. It is a good time to get together in an informal atmosphere and talk about things that interest us. Family and friends are welcome, as long as they know enough about the book to be able to contribute to the discussion.   

 

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Click here for a map to my house, 724 Summerly Dr.

(Click on "open in a new window" if it doesn't show map right away.)

  Grammar Book

As I mentioned in my introductory letter, we will use Understanding and Using English Grammar, by Betty Schrampfer Azar.  We are using the third edition in class, but the fourth edition, available here in .pdf form is very little different.  You may access the entire book any time, free.  We don't do a lot of work on grammar in this class, but we do some. 

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Click here to access pdf version of Understanding and Using English Grammar, 4th edition.

 (Click on the pages themselves to turn pages.)

I would suggest that you print out pages 20 and 21, a list of common irregular verbs.  Unfortunately, the commonest verbs are very likely to be irregular.

Calendar for spring semester 2019
 
January 8, 2019                      First day of class for level 6
February 28                            First draft of ESL Writes composition due
March 5                                  Final draft of ESL Writes composition due
March 11-15                           No class.  Spring break
April 25                                                               Writers' Showcase Presentations
May 9                                                                   Last day of spring semester
 


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