Join your ELI family this Saturday, June 10th, for a
day of shopping for bargains and watching
fascinating people. With almost one thousand
vendors selling everything from music to vegetables
to jewelry, the 1-75 Super Flea Market is a unique
cultural experience! At the market, it's possible to
buy both new and secondhand things, many of which
might make inexpensive, interesting gifts for folks in
your home country.
If you are interested in going, you may sign up on the
activities board by 5pm on Thursday, June 8th. We
will leave Norman Garage at 10AM on Saturday
morning. Entrance to the market if free, however
you should bring money for lunch and shopping.
Most vendors will probably only accept cash, not
credit or debit cards. You can learn more about our
destination on www.i75superflea.com.
Interesting Note: According to the Oxford English
Dictionary, the term "flea market" originated from
the French marchi aux pI I',"--a playful term
implying that the goods sold in flea markets were
infested with bugs. While some people balk at
secondhand shopping, most see flea markets as an
opportunity to go treasure hunting; you never know
what you may find!
Inside this issue:
Entering the University Hurricanes I Manners and Culture
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June 7, 2006
The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute
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A gentle reminder that the first
and best way to succeed at the
ELI is to go to class every day.
And if that's not enough
incentive, don't forget that
missing more than fifteen-
percent of classes will make a
student ineligible to receive a
certificate of completion at the
end of the semester.
Summer break is only two and a
half weeks away! If you plan to
leave the US at all during the
break, please remember to come
to the office to have your 1-20
signed so that you won't have
trouble getting back into the
Don't forget to check the
student mailbox in the main
office from time to time and see
if you've received any letters.
Happy birthday wishes this
June 7: Chien Sung
June 13: Jung Hoon Kim
Belated birthday wishes to:
June 2: Omar Farias
Q: What should I do if someone brings up a
sensitive cultural topic at the ELI and it makes me
A: This is an excellent question! I'm sure that
there are just as many answers as people who have
wondered about this question. Since we're a very
diverse group at the ELI, topics that may be
considered taboo to you might well come up during
class or in conversations with other students. These
might include issues related to religion, history,
politics, and any number of other things.
When a sensitive issue comes up, my best advice is
to speak honestly and respectfully about it. If you
can, explain why it is an uncomfortable issue. If
you can't, it's also always OK to say you're not
comfortable with the discussion. Most will respect
In the US, we generally value the free exchange of
ideas in the classroom but we don't want anyone to
ever feel upset or unsafe. If you have specific
concerns, talk with you teacher
Q: Why do some people have tattoos all over their
bodies? Do they get tattoos for their job or because
they find it interesting?
A: I suppose that depends on the person. In general,
people have tattoos because they feel they are
meaningful or beautiful. There are probably not many
businesses that require their employees to get tattoos;
it's safe to assume that, if a person has a tattoo, it's
because she or he likes them.
Q: Do I have to attend all of the ELI activities in order
to win a scholarship?
A: No, but it helps.
Thanks for your questions. Keep them coming! If
you have a question about U.S. manners and
culture, please email our ELI Weekly editor, Nora
Spencer, at email@example.com, or put
questions in her mailbox (marked Spencer in the
ELI Main Office).
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Phone: (352) 392-2070
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