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.
Cheers, everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! We're
just happy to be together.
We have a new associate teacher
Agnes Zhang will be our associate teacher for the fall semester.
Agnes is an advanced student in the Peabody college of Education of Vanderbilt University. We are honored that Agnes
and Peabody chose our class for her practicum.
Writers' Showcase 2017
April 27 was Writers' Showcase night. Twenty two students in our class submitted essays for the Writers' Showcase,
and of these, the judges chose three to be read before an audience of friends of the Belmont ESL Program, and, of course,
friends and families and fellow students. The three students whose work was selected were Inhee Choi of Korea,
Kalen Yu of China, and Selda Canturk of Turkey. I am very glad that I didn't have to choose, because I read them all
and I thought they were all great!
The winners as chosen by our judges are Inhee Choi, Selda
Canturk, and Kalen Yu
Mary Kaye arranged for us to have a line dancing lesson, as part of our cutural enrichment
program. We started off the day listening to "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks and Dunn, and then we went to
the community center for our dancing. It wasn't quite a honky tonk, but we are in a church, after all. Pictured
are Ieda, Frank, Carla, and Marie.
We were visited by a bunch of ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things
that go bump in the night, but although we were scared, all of us survived.
First, La Caterina came in to
scary music. She tried to frighten Yujung.
Then, La Caterina was soon joined by a scary Hippie.
They weren't the only scary things. We were soon invaded
by strong men, dragons and witches.
We discovered that, if you gave them candy, the scary things
would go away and eat the candy instead of eating you.
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.
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.
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 the
introduction and Chapter 1 of The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. Read it rapidly, and enjoy the story. Don't look
up lots of words. Use your dictionary very little, or not at all. I think you will enjoy it.
Click here to download study questions for Chapter 1 of The Pearl
Click here to download study questions for Chapter 2 of The Pearl
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.
Click here to access pdf version of Understanding and Using English Grammar, 4th edition.
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.
The English Book Night will be at
my house, 724 Summerly Drive, Wednesday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. Directions to my house are on the link below. We will
discuss Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. It is not too difficult to read and should provoke
a very interesting discussion. I think you will enjoy it. I have a number of copies in my classroom that you may
borrow, and the library has many copies.
students of English are welcome. One need not be a student at Belmont ESL to attend. Wives or husbands of students are also
welcome. The only requirement is that one must have read most of the book, and know generally what it is about, so that we
can discuss it.
I encourage you to
read it rapidly, without concern about the precise meaning of every word. Try to get a general idea of what the book
is about. Use your dictionary very little, or none at all. Try to guess at the meaning of unfamiliar words. If there are whole
sentences, or even whole paragraphs that you don’t understand, don’t worry. Make a note to yourself, and we’ll
discuss it as a group. If you didn’t understand it, it is likely that many others didn’t understand it, either.
This is not only a chance to discuss a book. It is a social occasion,
and a chance to talk about various subjects in a relaxed atmosphere. It is not a class. I look forward to seeing
you at my home on January 31. Learning a foreign language is hard work, but it can be fun, too.
Click here for a map to my house, 724 Summerly Dr.