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.
There are three
homework assignments this week. They will be about the same every week.
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.
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 (chapter) 4 of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
It is old and it is British, so the language is a little difficult, but I don't want you to look up every word that you don't
know. I want you to skip over the difficult passages. We'll discuss them in class. I want you to read it
rapidly to get the meaning. It's a wonderful story, and it's a classic of English literature. Tuesday, the 27th,
we'll discuss Stave 4, and then we'll see a video of this part. We'll do the same for each of the five staves, and finish
before Christmas break.
Click here to download study questions for Stave I of A Christmas Carol
Click here to download study questions for Stave II of A Christmas Carol
Click here to download study questions for Stave III of A Christmas Carol
Click here to download study questions for Stave IV of A Christmas Carol
Book night will meet Thursday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m. at my house, 724 Summerly Drive. A link to a map to my house
is below. We will discuss A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. It is a play, which means that
it normallly plays in about two hours, so it shouldn't take too long to read. It is modern, so the language is not very
difficult. Since copyright protections have expired, it is in the public domain, and you can access the entire play
by clicking on the link below.
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. Husbands, wives, and friends are welcome, as long as they have read enough
of the play to be able to join the discussion.
Click here for link to .pdf file of complete text of A Raisin in the Sun.
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.