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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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Cheers, everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!  We're just happy to be together.

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 We have a new associate teacher
 
Agnes Zhang will be our associate teacher for the fall semester.  Agnes is an advanced student in the Peabody college of Education of Vanderbilt University.  We are honored that Agnes and Peabody chose our class for her practicum. 
 

Writers' Showcase 2017

April 27 was Writers' Showcase night.  Twenty two students in our class submitted essays for the Writers' Showcase, and of these, the judges chose three to be read before an audience of friends of the Belmont ESL Program, and, of course, friends and families and fellow students.  The three students whose work was selected were Inhee Choi of Korea, Kalen Yu of China, and Selda Canturk of Turkey.  I am very glad that I didn't have to choose, because I read them all and I thought they were all great!

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The winners as chosen by our judges are Inhee Choi, Selda Canturk, and Kalen Yu

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Mary Kaye arranged for us to have a line dancing lesson, as part of our cutural enrichment program.  We started off the day listening to "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks and Dunn, and then we went to the community center for our dancing.  It wasn't quite a honky tonk, but we are in a church, after all.  Pictured are Ieda, Frank, Carla, and Marie.


Hallowe'en

We were visited by a bunch of ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, but although we were scared, all of us survived. 

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First, La Caterina came in to scary music.  She tried to frighten Yujung.

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Then, La Caterina was soon joined by a scary Hippie.

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They weren't the only scary things.  We were soon invaded by strong men, dragons and witches.

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We discovered that, if you gave them candy, the scary things would go away and eat the candy instead of eating you.

Homework 

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 idioms that I gave you Tuesday, and write one sentence using each of these idioms; 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 Stave 2 of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The chapters are called Staves,  because the story is compared to a song.   This is a very old story, but it is a classic that every English speaker knows, and you will hear many references to Scrooge during the Christmas season.  The language is a bit difficult, because it is old, and because it is English, But the story is timeless. Read it rapidly, and enjoy the story.  Don't look up lots of words.  Use your dictionary very little, or not at all.  As you read it, you  will know the answers to the study questions.  This is a complete version of a classic English story.  You can access a .pdf version with the link below, or you may get a copy from me.  I think you will enjoy it.

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Click here to access .pdf file of complete text of A Christmas Carol

Click here to download study questions for Stave I of A Christmas Carol

click here to download study questions for Stave 2 of A Christmas Carol

click here to download study questions for Stave 3 of A Christmas Carol

click here to download study questions for Stave 4 of A Christmas Carol

click here to download study questions for Stave 5 of A Christmas Carol

  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. 

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Click here to access pdf version of Understanding and Using English Grammar, 4th edition.

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.

Book Night

The English Book Night will be at my house, 724 Summerly Drive, Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. Directions to my house are on the link below. We will discuss Having our Say,  by Sarah Delany and Elizabeth Delany.  The sisters are 101 and 103 years old, and they tell their stories of growing up as black girls in the Jim Crow world of the late 19th century and early 20th century.  It is easy to read and very interesting.  I think you will enjoy it.

All students of English are welcome. One need not be a student at Belmont ESL to attend. Wives or husbands of students are also welcome. The only requirement is that one must have read most of the book, and know generally what the play is about, so that we can discuss it.

I encourage you to read it rapidly, without concern about the precise meaning of every word. Try to get a general idea of what the book is about. Use your dictionary very little, or none at all. Try to guess at the meaning of unfamiliar words. If there are whole sentences, or even whole paragraphs that you don’t understand, don’t worry. Make a note to yourself, and we’ll discuss it as a group. If you didn’t understand it, it is likely that many others didn’t understand it, either.

This is not only a chance to discuss a book. It is a social occasion, and a chance to talk about various subjects in a relaxed atmosphere. It is not a class.  I look forward to seeing you at my home on November 29.  Learning a foreign language is hard work, but it can be fun, too.

 

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Click here for a map to my house, 724 Summerly Dr.

Calendar for 2017 - 2018
 
September 5, 2017          First day of class for fall semester 
October 9 - 13                 No class.  Fall break 
November 16                                 Thanksgiving luncheon
November 21 - 23           No class.  Thanksgiving holiday.
December 14                  Last day of fall semester
January 4, 2018                         First day of spring semester
March 15                         First draft of essay for Writers' Showcase due
April 2 - 6                        No class.  Spring break
April 26                           Writers' Showcase presentations
May 10                           Last day of spring semester   


www.belmontenglish.org       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209