* NO SMOKING
The EIT Weekly
She Weekly Newsletterof
the English Language Institute
Volume 102, Issue 6
February 16, 2007
NO SMOKI NG r!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Folks, we reeeal/y needyour help!!
Okay, everyone, it's time to revisit this
topic. We received a letter of complaint
last week from the Dean of the College of
Education, noting that many of our
students are continuing to ignore the
signs and the rules about smoking in the
area outside the Florida Room (the
stone tables between the Florida
Room and the Education Library)
and on the benches around the
Education Library. This is a NO
SMOKINGAREA. Smoking is not
permitted within 50 feet (about 18
meters) of the buildings at UF. Period.
This rule does not change even ifit's
raining or cold. Here are Norman,
smoking is permitted in the area near the
parking lot where there is a sign
We realize of course that it's not only ELI
students who are smoking out there.
However, we also realize that many of the
folks smoking out there ARE ELI
students. Please, everyone, remember,
that you are representing yourself, your
culture, and the ELI itself when you are
here on the grounds of Norman Hall.
Please, please respect the rules.
Remember, we at the ELI are neighbors
of the College of Education, and it's
incumbent on all of us to do our part to
keep up the good relationship that we
have enjoyed for decades!
February 17th, we
will be playing
Paintball is a popular game in the U.S.
People are armed with "guns" and shoot
paint at their "enemies" in a wooded
When: Saturday, February 17th. Meet at
the Norman garage at 12:00 pm. We will
Cost: The cost is '2) for equipment and
200 paintballs. You may purchase 500
paintballs for $35.
Be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty
(well, okay, painted) and closed-toed
shoes. Also, wear long sleeves and pants;
paintballs are safe, but they can really
sting on bare flesh!
This is a carpool trip. Please sign up on
the activities board by Thursday at 3pm.
We need 20 people to get our own field!
So come and play!
r Student Mail-There is quite a bit
of mail in the student mailbox. It's
the black tray immediately to the
right of the door to the ELI Main
Office, Room 315. Be sure to check
from time to time to see if you have
r Lost and found-If you are missing
any items, or if you find anything in
the classroom that obviously belongs
to someone, we do keep a lost and
found box in the Main Office.
> Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are taking
note of both your absences and your
tardies in every class every day.
Next weekend, there will be no trip due
to Midterm Exams. The following week,
on Saturday, March 3d, we will be going
to the 1-75 Super Flea Market. Details
will be in the Weekly 2 weeks from now.
The following are ELI Birthdays for the
week of February 16-22:
February 17: SangJin Hong
Finally! We have some questions for this
Q: Why do so many students here at the ELI
speak their own languages all the time?
A: Oh, my. A difficult question. My
answer is likely to be controversial. Over
the years, I've asked this question of a lot
of students. The main reason that
student give is that it's easier. Others
have indicated that they're afraid of what
their friends will think, they have
"important" things to say, or they just
really don't care.
It's a huge problem here. The main
reason that it's a problem is that it slows
down your language learning (by a good
5(1" I,, and that of the people you're
talking to, as well as speakers of your
language who can't help but overhear
you. We have a large population of
students who don't advance at the pace
they think they should, and this is the
number one reason. If you don't force
yourself to use English, you won't get
better. Simple, isn't it?
It's also a social issue on a number of
levels. Number one, it's rude. Excluding
the people around you from conversation
is a social no-no. Number two, it's
dishonorable. When you applied to the
ELI, you signed an oath to speak only
English at the ELI and at ELI functions.
Number three, it's a terrible waste of
resources. If you are too prone to give
into the easy or if you are not even really
here to learn English, you are arrogantly
wasting the time of your teachers, your
LAs, the staff and administrators, and
your fellow classmates. You are also
taking your money (or much worse, the
money of whomever is paying for your
study here) and symbolically setting fire to
50"' ,, of it. If you saw someone you knew
actually sitting down and setting fire to
'"2."' in cash or so, you'd call them kind
of stupid, wouldn't you?
Q: What is the ,
' between junk food and
A: Junk food is food that has a lot of
calories and very little or no nutritional
value. Not all fast food is junk food.
For example, at McDonald's, you can get
a fruit and walnut salad fast, at Subway
you can get a sub sandwich with fresh
vegetables and lean meats fast, and at
Burger King you can even get a veggie
burger fast. However, if you add fries or
chips and a sugar-filled soft drink to any
of the above foods you have just added a
lot of junk food.
Q: Why dopeople in Flonda
shorts in the winter time?
A: Well, for a lot of people, those are the
main staples of their wardrobe; the
weather here is rarely cold enough for a
long enough period for us to own a huge
amount of winter clothing. Then, too, as
you've probably noticed, it can be 80
degrees F one day and 50 the
next....sometimes, people dress before
they go out!
Before you do i rhin think. If you do
something to try and impress someone,
to be loved, accepted or even to get
someone's attention, stop and think. So
many people are so busy trying to create
an image, they die in the process.
S| I % L E R I of
UF I FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744