The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute
This weekend, you and your ELI friends have the chance to help
others! You can volunteer for the following projects:
North Florida Rehab
Talking and sharing stories with older citizens and playing
BINGO with them.
Students should meet at Norman Garage at 1:55.
Recycling Before the Game
We are going to go around UF Campus and collect
recyclables from the tailgaters. Meet at Norman Garage at
Alachua County Humane Society, Saturday 10am-12pm
Help walk and bathe dogs and cats that
have no home. We'll meet at Norman Garage at 9:45am.
Volume 101, Issue 11
November 7, 2006
This Friday, November 10th
UF and the ELI will be closed in
observance of Veteran's Day.
Originally, this holiday
commemorated the armistice that
ended World War 1. Eventually,
it was extended to honor all men
and women who have served in
Student Voices editor, Steve
Flocks, is asking for your
submissions. If you have a
paragraph, essay, research paper,
recipe, or poem you'd like to see
published in this collection of
student writing, tell your reading
and writing teacher.
A great opportunity to celebrate an important holiday in the U.S. byjoining ni ith your ELIfamily to give
thanks. All students, teachers, staff, administrators, and language assistants who would like to go should sign
up on the Activities Board by Wednesday, November 15t. Please also sign up for what type of food you will
Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with friends and family to give thanks, enjoy each other's
company, and eat delicious food. The ELI will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday as an International Potluck
on Friday, November 17th at 6:00 PM in the Basement of Broward Hall. Friday ELI staff, teachers,
administrators and Language Assistants will bring traditional Thanksgiving Day food like turkey and stuffing,
cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and more! ELI students are asked to bring a traditional
dish from their country to share.
You should bring enough food for 5 to 10 people and a serving utensil for your dish, but no one needs to bring
plates, napkins, knives, forks, spoons, cups or drinks. Be sure to bring a note card that says your name, your
country, the name of your dish and the major ingredients.
Inside this issue:
Volunteering Thanksgiving Potluck 'American'
If you have a question about U.S. manners and culture, please
email our ELI Weekly editor, Jen Ramos, at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or put questions in her mailbox (marked
Ramos in the ELI Main Office).
Q: Why do Americans call themselves 'Americans'for their
nationality, when everyone else who lives on this continent is
A: I think it's safe to say using this term does not imply that we
think we are the true citizens of the continent. I believe it comes
from the official name of the country, The United States of
America. Since 'United States' can't be made into a nationality in
English (though one student has suggested we try 'United
Statesman'), we use 'American'. I've heard people say 'North
American', but to us this includes citizens of Canada and Mexico,
Ready for some fast talking? Debate, Wednesdays at 10:40am
with Naomy. Meet in the Florida Room (where the vending
machines are located).
Feeling Crafty? Art Club with Amy, Thursdays at 11:45am, meet
in Florida Room, bring art supplies.
Music lover? Music Appreciation, Tuesdays at 10:40am with Ed,
meet in the Florida Room. Bring music from your country to
share and chat about.
First, belated birthday wishes to Maria
Souza and Abdulaziz Alfayad (Nov. 6)!
And for this week,
Nov. 9: Lia Brenneman
Can you recognize the U.S. city from
The Big Easy
Mile High City
UF UNIVERSITY of
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744