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.
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!
The winners as chosen by our judges are Inhee Choi, Selda
Canturk, and Kalen Yu
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.
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.
First, La Caterina came in to
scary music. She tried to frighten Yujung.
Then, La Caterina was soon joined by a scary Hippie.
They weren't the only scary things. We were soon invaded
by strong men, dragons and witches.
We discovered that, if you gave them candy, the scary things
would go away and eat the candy instead of eating you.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for a map to my house, 724 Summerly Dr.