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The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute
On Saturday, July 22nd, we'll a trip to Busch Gardens an amusement
park in Tampa. Busch Gardens is famous for its beautiful grounds and
thrilling roller coasters, including the Sheikra one of only three roller
coasters in the world with two 90-degree angle drops! This is one of the
most popular trips of the semester.
We'll meet at the TRiP office in the Reitz Union at 8:30AM on
Saturday morning, and may return as late as 12:30AM Sunday morning.
We'll be going rain or shine.
To participate in this trip, you must purchase a van ticket at the TRiP
office in the Reitz Union prior to Saturday. Transportation to Tampa
costs $20. You must also buy a ticket to enter Busch Gardens, which
you can either do at the gate or in advance. If you choose to purchase
prior to the trip, there are three options:
Buy your ticket online and save $10 on regular admission. The
total price is $47.95 plus tax.
Buy a regularly priced ticket, and get a second day free. The
total price is $57.95 plus tax.
Buy an unlimited access ticket for only $5 more, and come back
as many times as you like before December 31st. The total price
is $62.95 plus tax.
Make sure to bring money for food and souvenirs. Visit
to purchase tickets or get more information.
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July 21, 2006
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Happy birthday wishes to:
July 22: Nader Alotaibi
July 22: Carol Reyes
July 26: Noreen Baker
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Inside this issue:
Busch Gardens Student
Voices Manners and Culture
Q: What is a baby shower?
A: In the U.S., a baby shower is a party celebrating
the birth of a baby either before or after the fact.
Usually a friend or coworker of the mother will
organize a party for friends and family, with
snacks, games, and decorations. Attendees bring
gifts like clothes, diapers, toys, and baby supplies.
In the past, only women primarily attended baby
showers, however nowadays men and women are
According to the Emily Post Institute, often
considered experts in etiquette, it is inappropriate
for someone to throw a baby shower for herself.
Showers for the second and following pregnancies
should be smaller, since the purpose of the shower
is mostly to help parents with the initial cost of
In the U.S., other events are also celebrated with
showers or parties, including engagements,
weddings (called wedding or bridal showers), new
homes (called housewarming parties), birthdays,
retirements, and other events.
Q: Why is it incorrect to call my teacher
A: Every society has different rules and customs
for what to call people in positions of authority.
In U.S. society, we only address our teachers as
"teacher" when we are very young children, if at
all. Otherwise, we call our teachers by Mr. or Ms.
and the family name. In college, when many
teachers hold doctoral degrees, we address them as
Dr. or Professor along with the last name.
Here at the ELI, we do want to foster a more
collegial atmosphere. Most of the teachers here do
not have Doctorates; the Masters is considered the
high degree for teaching ESL. Use of the first name
here is considered a preferred choice.
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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