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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.

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


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.

 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.  In the paperback edition, read Chapters 3 and 4 of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.  In the hard cover edition, this part of the story is in chapters 3 - 8.  You may know the popular graphic novels and movies of this story, but they are very shallow representations of the real story.  I am sure that you'll appreciate the real thing. 


Click here to download study questions for Chapters 1 and 2 of Frankenstein

Click here to download study questions for Chapters 3 and 4 of Frankenstein

Click here to download study questions for Chapters 5 and 6 of Frankenstein

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, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. at my house, 724 Summerly Drive. This is a change.  See more information on home page.  A link to a map to my house is below.

We will discuss "Black Like Me,"  by John Howard Griffin.  It was first written in 1960, but it is unfortunately still relevant today, in spite of many the improvements in racial equality since it was written.  The language is quite accessible, and it isn't too long.  In the paperback edition, the text is 159 pages.  The epilogue, 30 pages long, is well worth reading.  

I am sure you will enjoy reading it, although it is certainly shocking in parts. The library has about 15 copies.  If it's not available at your library branch, ask the librarian to get it for you.  Amazon has many copies, most for under $5.00. 

         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. Family and friends are welcome, as long as they know enough about the book to be able to contribute to the discussion.   


Mr. Griffin after and before his disguise

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                     Registration for lower level classes. 
                                               First day of class for level 6 
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