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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.

Özgül is leaving us.  We will miss her, but she wanted one last picture of our group as a souvenir.  Best wishes, Özgül.

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.


I had trouble remembering which was my left foot and which was my right, but Ieda and others seemed to get it right away.  Are all Brazilians good dancers?


Selda, Marie, Maria, Eve, and Carla are having a good time.


I'm celebrating the fact that I didn't fall on my face.


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 idioms that I gave you Tuesday, and write one sentence using each of these idioms; 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 13 and 14 of The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper.  Read it rapidly, and enjoy the story.  Don't look up lots of words.  Use your dictionary very little, or not at all.  As you read it, you  will know the answers to the study questions.  This is an abridged version of a classic American story.  Although the story is fictional, it is based on real historical events.  I think you will enjoy it


Click here to download study questions for The Last of the Mohicans, chapters 1, 2,and 3

Click here to download study questions for The Last of the Mohicans, chapters 4, 5,and 6

Click here to download study questions for The Last of the Mohicans, chapters 7, 8,and 9

Click here to download study questions for The Last of the Mohicans, chapters 10, 11, and 12

Click here to download study questions for The Last of the Mohicans, chapters 13 and 14

  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.  When I plan to include a grammar lesson, I will try to give you the page numbers on line, so that you may access it and print out the parts you want to keep handy. 


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.

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

Calendar for 2017 - 2018
September 5, 2017          First day of class for fall semester 
October 9 - 13                 No class.  Fall break 
November 16                                 Thanksgiving luncheon
November 21 - 23           No class.  Thanksgiving holiday.
December 14                  Last day of fall semester
January 2, 2018                         First day of spring semester
March 15                         First draft of essay for Writers' Showcase due
April 2 - 6                        No class.  Spring break
April 26                           Writers' Showcase presentations
May 10                           Last day of spring semester       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209