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Belmont International English website last updated September 14, 2014

Welcome to our web site!
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.
Belmont  International English, an advanced class with emphasis on oral communication, 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 English learners at the church.  For more information on these classes, click on the link below.

Click here to go to the Belmont ESL web page.

Fall semester is about to begin.  Are you ready?

I have had a wonderful summer, and I'm relaxed and rejuvenated, and ready to begin again.  I am really looking forward to seeing some old friends, and to meeting new students, too.  Our first day of class will be Tuesday, September 16.  We will begin at 9 a.m. as usual, in the same place, room 203 at Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave. , in Hillsboro Village, near Vanderbilt.    You may register on line at any time.  It appears that enough former students are registering that we will have a separate Monday class for those who have been in my class before.  We won't begin Monday class until the 22nd, but I encourage all students, new and former students, to come on Tuesday the 16th so we can get organized. 

During the summer, I encourage all of you to read.  All of you should have a library card, and should make full use of it.  Talking is the best way to improve your English, but reading is a very good way to enlarge your vocablulary and to become accustomed to American word order.  I look forward to seeing some of you in the fall, as well as meeting many new students.  Thank you all for teaching me, as I teach you.  I learn so much from my students.  Best wishes, Frank

Belmont ESL Writes!

In May, the authors from the Belmont International English and Belmont ESL programs had their works read by volunteer readers in front of an attentive audience.  From the many essays submitted, twenty five were chosen.  It was a difficult job for the judges, because all of the writing was excellent.   


BIE's four winners:  Maria Fomicheva (Russia), Hiromi Johke(Japan), Khadijeh Dastvan(Iran), and Rita Szantay(Hungary)


 Rita Szantay, one of our winners, with Carlos Sanz, a multilingual dear friend of our program and frequent volunteer.


Carlos, with winners and classmates.

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.

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.       Frank Jones 724 Summerly Dr. Nashville, TN 37209