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.
Click here to download map of parking in the vicinity of the school
Mardi Gras! We celebrated by parading through the other classes and throwing beads. We're happy to be together.
ESL WRITES 2019
Thursday, April 25, 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 Luis De Medeiros from Brazil, Saška Ivanovic-Lilic from Serbia, and Nigora Sadikova from Uzbekistan.
I'm really glad that I wasn't a judge, because all that I read were great! Some were funny, as Luis's was, and some
were lighthearted. as Saška's was, and some were inspiring, as Nigora's was. They were all different, and all
wonderfully written. Congratulations to our winners and to all the winners from all the classes.
class 6 winners of the Belmont Writes essays for 2019. Pictured are Nigora Sadikova from Uzbekistan, me,
Saška Ivanovic-Lilic from Serbia, and Luis De Medeiros from Brazil.
BELMONT ESL WRITES 2020
"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.
Every student writes a story. These stories are then read by a group of teachers and other professionals from Nashville and
several are chosen from each class.
April 30, a special celebration will be held. All students, their families, and members of the community will be invited.
Winning stories will be 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.
can write about anything that you think other people would like to read about. Your story may be serious or funny. It must
be real. Fiction is not accepted. However, reality can be creatively modified a little. For instance, one year a very funny
story was written about the family dog’s first impressions of America.
Past stories have been about:
How I met my husband or wife
to life in a different culture
in the men's bathroom at a restaurant (written by a woman!)
Are you concerned that your English is not good enough? Don’t worry! This is a terrific chance to
improve! You write a "rough draft" and your teacher will go over it with you and make suggestions to improve your
grammar and to help you write clearly. 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 by March 12th, and the final
draft is due by April 10th.
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 16 to 18 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name, by Margaret
Craven. The chapters are short. The first three chapters are only 13 pages. The language
isn't difficult. It's a very interesting story, and it's a classic of American literature. I'm sure you'll
enjoy it. I want you to read it rapidly, to get the sense of it and to enjoy it. I want you to use your dictionary
very little, or not at all. Guess at the meaning of new words. You need not write anything for this exercise.
Click here to download study questions for Chapters 1 - 2 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters 3 - 4 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters 5 - 6 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters 7 - 8 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters 9 -10 of I heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters11-12 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters13-14 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters15-16 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters17-18 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters19-20 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
Click here to download study questions for Chapters 21-23 of I Heard the Owl Call my Name
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.
night will meet Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at my house, 724 Summerly Drive. A link to a map to my house is
below. We will discuss Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley. The book is short, and the language
is not difficult. It is amusing, and I think you will enjoy it. The public library has two copies. If the library
near you doesn’t have a copy, ask the librarian if he can get you a copy from another branch library. It is readily
available from most bookstores and from Amazon or Abe books.
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 talk about it.
Click here for a map to my house, 724 Summerly Dr.
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 also 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.