The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute
A Christmas Carol is a traditional Christmas play
originally written by the English novelist Charles
Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character,
meets 3 ghosts, who teach him about giving and
loving-the true Christmas spirit!
To buy tickets, meet at Coffee Talk on Wednesday, November 29. We will
go over to the Hippodrome together at about 5:30 p.m. (next to Starbucks,
where we have Coffee Talk.)
Please plan on spending a full hour for TOEFL registration.
If you have a problem and cannot register at your assigned time, please
see Patricia Moon BEFORE WEDNESDAY, December 6, to receive a
registration appointment at a different time.
Please bring a picture identification and a number 2 pencil to TOEFL
FULL-TIME ELI STUDENTS
Friday, December 8, 2006
6th period (12:50 pm)-RW 1, 10, 20, 30, 31 students
7th period (1:55 pm)-RW 3, 50, 60, 61, BR students
8th period (3:00pm)-Special Sign-Up-Saudi Students
6th period (12:50 pm)-RW 2, 40, 41, 42, 43 students
IMPORTANTIII You must be on time. If you arrive late, you will not be
permitted to register at the regular time. You will have to register with the
non-students, and you will be permitted to register ONLY if there is space.
You will have to pay a late fee of $40.
PART-TIME ELI STUDENTS
COST-$40.00 (Cash only, exact change)Tuesday, December 12, 2006
6th period (12:50 pm)-all ELI part-time students (incl. ANSAN) and non-
Volume 100, Issue 13
November 28, 2006
TOEFL will be
December 13th. We will
provide you with the
place and time of the
test next week.
Your CELT exit exam
will be administered on
December 14th. There
will be no late exams
and no late students
admitted to the exams.
All ELI students are
required to attend and
take the test in order to
receive a certificate of
completion from the
ELI. You MUST be on
time. If you arrive late
to the test, you will not
be permitted to take it,
and you will not receive
a certificate of
completion from the
8:30 am-10:30 am
RW 10: 309 NRN
RW 40: 341B NRN
RW41: 313 NRN
RW 42 :340 NRN RW
RW43: 341 NRNRW
50: 311 NRN RW 60:
(continued on back)
(CELT schedule cont.)
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Bridge: 311 NRN
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
RW 20: 313 NRN
RW 30: 311 NRN
RW 31: 340 NRN
RW 61: 341B NRN
RW 1: 309 NRN
RW 2: 341 NRN
Inside this issue:
Manners and Culture
UMannes and iCi!16
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 e-mail our ELI Weekly editor, Nora
Spencer, at email@example.com, or put
questions in her mailbox (marked Spencer in the
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