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Belmont International English website last updated October 18, 2017.

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This site has been created as a medium for teachers and adult students of English
for Speakers of Other Languages to use to share experiences. It is designed primarily
for intermediate to advanced students and their teachers.

 Book Club rescheduled October 25

Our Book Club has been rescheduled from October 18 to Wednesday, October 25.  The English Book Night will be at my house, 724 Summerly Drive, Wednesday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. Directions to my house are on the link on the Nashville Students page. We will discuss Inherit the Wind.  This is a play, based on a real trial held in Tennessee.  Since it is a play that is presented in about two hours, it should be pretty fast reading.  It has also been made into a move, which is quite well done.  The Tennessess Repertory Theater will perform the play in the spring of 2018 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center downtown. The public library has a number of copies, and I have the entire text in a .pdf file below on the Nashville Students page.   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 play, 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 October 25.  Learning a foreign language is hard work, but it can be fun, too.



 Fall semester classes have begun

As before, classes will be Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to noon.  Unfortunately, all classes are full right now.  Sometimes, students drop out and make a space avaliable for late registrants. If you wish, you may register on line at any time only for my class for advanced and moderately advanced students .  Go to the "Registration" page and fill out the form.  If a place comes available in the advanced class, I will notify you in the order in which I receive the registrations. 


 Our class for the fall semester, 2017.  It's a wonderful group.  We have 16 different countries represented.  In the front row are our associate teachers: to my right is Agnes Zhang and to my left is Kin Sullivan.   Because of them, students have more opportunity to have personalized instruction.


 Go! Go! Go!
We are lucky to have Mari Ogawa in our class.  Mari is a cheerleader, and she really knows how to get a group fired up with lots of enthusiasm.  We had been sitting and talking too long, but Mari was able to get us out of our seats, on our feet, and moving fast. She really got hearts pumping and blood flowing to our brains, and I think everybody learned better after her exercises.


 Everybody enjoyed the opportunity to do some physical activity for a change.


 The next week, Carmen really got the room jumpin' with a Spanish dance.    In addition to getting the blood flowing, it got everyone in a good mood.

We work hard, but we have fun, too.  Language is an integral part of life, and we enjoy working together, playing together and talking together .

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About Belmont International English 
An English language school for international students has been in operation at the Belmont United Methodist Church since 1966. 
Through the generosity of the church members, around four thousand students from many countries have been helped to improve
their proficiency in English and their understanding of American culture.  
We welcome new students.  We work hard, but we have fun, too. 


The director of Belmont International English is Dr. Frank Jones. Dr. Jones received the M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1958,

the M.S. degree in Orthopedic Surgery from the Mayo Graduate School of the University of Minnesota in 1967, the M.A. degree in French from

Vanderbilt in 1995, and the M.Ed. degree, with emphasis on ESL, from Tennessee State University in 2000.  He has been teaching English since

his retirement from practice in 1998.       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209