Belmont International English website last updated January 11, 2017
Welcome to our website
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.
Belmont International English is a class for moderately advanced to advanced students.
We emphasize oral communication, but we also cover grammar and American civilization.
Belmont International English is only one of the
English classes supported by the generosity of
the Belmont United Methodist
Church. There are also English classes for beginner and intermediate
learners at the church. For these classes in the Belmont ESL program, registration must be
more information on these classes, click on the link below.
Click here to go to the Belmont ESL web page.
Spring Semester 2017
Spring semester 2017 has begun. If you were a student for the fall
semester of 2016, you need not register again or do anything else. Just come to class as you did last semester.
If you were not a student in 2016, you may register for the spring semester
at Belmont International English (BIE) at any time. Go to the Registration tab on this page, and on the registration
page, fill out the form and submit it. I will send you detailed information when I get your registration.
BIE is for moderately advanced to advanced students. We have six levels of study. You may register
on line only for Belmont International English, the most advanced level. One must register for other classes only in
person. For more information on other classes at Belmont United Methodist Church, go to the link above. If you find
BIE too difficult, you may change to a lower level class in Belmont ESL. If you find another class too easy for
you, you may transfer to BIE. The teachers work closely together, and we want you to be in the class where you
learn the most.
School Closings Due to Bad Weather
It's that time of year when there can be snow and ice sufficient to make driving dangerous.
All classes at Belmont follow the inclement weather schedule of Nashville Metro Public Schools. If they are
closed because of bad weather, we are closed. If they are open, we are open. The only difference is that we don't
open late. If we are not closed, we open on time.
Very early in the morning,
the radio and TV stations begin to announce school closings. Sometimes, our schools are called Metropolitan Nashville-
Davidson County Public Schools. Sometimes they are called Davidson County Schools. Sometimes they are called
Nashville Metro Schools. Don't be confused by these names. They all mean us. I will try to announce the
closings on this website, but I may not get the news as early as the radio and TV stations.
Our class for the fall semester, 2016. It's a wonderful
group. We have 16 different countries represented. In the front row are some of our wonderful volunteers: to
my right are Bob Brodie, Irene Boyd and Ellen McPherson, and to my left are Jo Church and Joyce Eyler. Because
of them, students have more opportunity to talk, presenting articles they have read to other small groups of students, with
native English speakers moderating discussions.
Move it, folks!
Jennifer gave us a presentation on how sitting too much is bad for you, and how valuable exercise is for our health.
Then, Valerio led us in some exercises to get our blood flowing to our brains.
Everyone seemed to enjoy Jennifer
and Valerio's program. In addition to getting the blood flowing, it got everyone in a good mood.
We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early, because we will have
no class next week. The teachers brought typical American food, and students brought food from their cultures. It was really pleasant to have all classes together.
Charlie led the food parade, with Frank and Mary Kaye
Tao is leading the celebration.
Charlie and Frank are serving it up.
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
Various topics are
discussed on the pages of this site. To find the topic you are
interested in and to download material, click on the "Topics" heading in the navigation
bar in the upper left corner of this page.