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.
ESL WRITERS' SHOWCASE 2018
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.
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 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.
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
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.)
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.