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Belmont International English website last updated January 11, 2018.

Welcome to our website
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.

Weather related school closings
It's that time of year when schools may be closed because of snow, ice, or other weather related problems.  All classes at Belmont United Methodist Church are on the same schedule as Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan schools.  On the radio and television, the schools may be called Nashville schools, Davidson County schools, City schools, or Metro schools.  They all mean the same thing.  If Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan schools are closed, we are closed.  If they are open, we are open.  The only difference is that we don't open late, even though Metro schools may open late.  If we are open, we are open on time.
The radio and television stations announce school closing beginning very early in the morning.  If bad weather is in the forecast, listen to the news early in the morning, because they sometimes close schools in anticipation of snow or ice, even though roads may look clear. 


 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