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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.

Cheers, everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!  We're just happy to be together.


 We have a new associate teacher
Silin Yin will be our associate teacher for the fall semester.  Silin is an advanced student in the Peabody college of Education of Vanderbilt University.  We are honored that Silin and Peabody chose our class for her practicum. 


Silin is helping Eve and Hyo


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! 



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


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


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 the short story "The Open Window", by Saki.  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 for *pdf file of The Open Window, by Saki

  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. 


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 Spring Semester 2018
January 4, 2018                         First day of spring semester
March 1                          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