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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.

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 Happy Mardi Gras!  We celebrated by parading through the other classes and throwing beads.  We're happy to be together. 


On 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.



The 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" 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.

On 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.

You 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

Adjusting to life in a different culture

Being trapped 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.


Book Night

Book 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.

  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 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.

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 Calendar for spring semester 2020
January 7                        First day of class for level 6
March 12                         First draft of essay due 
March 16 - 20                  Spring break.   No class 
April 10                            Final draft of essay due 
April 30                            ESL Writers' Showcase
May 7                                                      Last day of spring semester       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209