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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.

 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.


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 last part of The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.   This is a classic of American literature.  It is short, and the language is not difficult.  I am sure you'll enjoy it.  There are no chapters.  

Click here to download study questions for first part of the Old Man and the Sea

Click here to download study questions for second part of the Old Man and the Sea

Click here to download study questions for third part of the Old Man and the Sea

Click here to download study questions for fourth part of the Old Man and the Sea

Click here to download study questions for fifth part of the Old Man and the Sea

Click here to download study questions for sixth part of the Old Man and the Sea

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 Thursday, May 2,  at 7:00 p.m. at my house, 724 Summerly Drive.  A link to a map to my house is below.

We will discuss "Cheaper by the Dozen,"  by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.  It is a humorous, but true story about two efficiency engineers who raise a family of twelve children, and how they organized them.  The authors are actually two of these children, so they know exactly what they're writing about.  It consists of many anecdotes, and it isn't necessary to read every one of them in order to get the flavor of the book.  I have several copies at school, and the library has a number of copies.  I think you will really enjoy it. 

         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 play. The book night is not a class. It is a social time. We will discuss the play, 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. Family and friends are welcome, as long as they know enough about the play to be able to contribute to the discussion.   



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 spring semester 2019
January 8, 2019                      First day of class for level 6
February 28                            First draft of ESL Writes composition due
March 5                                  Final draft of ESL Writes composition due
March 11-15                           No class.  Spring break
April 25                                                               Writers' Showcase Presentations
May 9                                                                   Last day of spring semester       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209