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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.


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 secret life of Walter Mitty. Click on the link below to download text. 


Click this link to go to web pages with the story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


Book Night

Book night will meet Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. at my house, 724 Summerly Drive. A link to a map to my house is below. We will discuss  The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells.  This book was written in 1895, and is classic of science fiction.  It is more than a science fiction novel.  It is a social commentary applicable to the 21st century.   It is short, under 100 pages in the printed book, and although the language is English English, and old, it is not too difficult to read.  Since copyright protections have expired, it is in the public domain, and you can access the entire novel by clicking on the link below.

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.  Husbands, wives, and friends are welcome, as long as they have read enough of the book to be able to join the discussion.


Click here to download .pdf file of complete text of The Time Machine

(Click on the little arrows within circles to turn pages.)

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. 


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 fall semester 2018
September 4, 5, 6                                   Registration for fall semester
September 11                         First day of class fall semester
October 14-19                         No class.  Fall break
November 15                          Celebration of Thanksgiving at school
November 19-23                                      No class.  Thanksgiving holiday
December 13                          Last day of fall semester       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209