The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 104, Issue 7
October 12, 2007
Have a quiet weekend!
Folks, this weekend, we don't have
any weekend activities scheduled.
Believe it or not, we are coming fast
upon the halfway point in the
semester! Next week, many of your
teachers will be holding Midterm
Exams, so we want to give you a
chance to study a bit more this
weekend, just in case!
> Holidays and RTS Bus
Service-- Students, remember
there is no campus service:
November 12 (Monday,
December 17 30,
Campus service is reduced on
November 2 (Friday, UF
Also students should be aware
there have been some changes to
Route 29, City Route 75 and
Campus Route 122. These
changes can be accessed on the
RTS website www.go-rts.com
You can also sign up on the RTS
website to have alerts sent to your
email for any route changes,
additions or cancellations.
Next weekend, we will be holding a
Football Party, right here in
Gainesville for the Kentucky Game.
Details about the trip will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 12-18:
October 15: Hyeseon Hong
None this week!
We have a guest columnist this week!
A student asked some very interesting
questions about Listening/Speaking
Classes, so I invited Noreen Baker,
our Listening/Speaking Coordinator,
to answer them!
Q: 1. Why don't we test peaking instead
ofjust listening? 2. Why do I have the
outside class with the language assistants?
1. That's a good question. It's true
that we need to test speaking. The
problem is that it takes a lot of time to
interview each student. Instead of
giving you yet another test during
placement and making you come to
Gainesville even earlier than you do,
your teachers do speaking activities
with you in the first week of class to
evaluate your speaking skills.
2. In the past, our listening/speaking
class was only 5 hours per week and
we had a voluntary 5-hour
conversation group outside of class.
We discovered that students who
went to the conversation groups
improved much more than students
who didn't, so we decided to increase
the listening/speaking class to 8 hours
and include the speaking hours
without raising tuition.
Remember that different students
have different needs. You might
notice that some of your classmates
speak very fluently but have problems
with grammar and vocabulary, and
others know the grammar and
vocabulary very well, but are nervous
about speaking and are not very
fluent. Your language assistants are
trying to balance the activities to help
everyone. If there is something you
would like to leam in your speaking
class, and you don't think you are
getting it, feel free to tell your
language assistants, your
listening/speaking teacher or Noreen
Baker. We are all here to help you
And, here are a couple of other
Q: Why are there so many cleaning products
sold in the US?
A: Like so many other categories of
products, the answer is :i,! 1: i ,,
marketing, marketing! Remember,
you're in the consumerism capital of
the world. The US economy
represents nearly 18",, of the total
world economy, while we have
around 4".. of the world's population.
That translates into a huge amount of
money to spend-so, there is a lot of
competition for those dollars!
Q: Why is Mother's Day more important
than Father's Day?
A: Never having been a mother or a
father myself, it's difficult for me to
say. However, there are many folks
who would probably say that dad
maybe gets a few more breaks than
mom the other 364 days of the year.
Q: How doyou know when to use 'what' or
'that'. For example: I don't know what to
do, or I don't know that to do. In my
language, we use the same wordfor 'what'
A: Oh, good one! In this case, it's a
question of whether you are talking
about "the thing" (what) or "the fact"
(that). In the example that you gave,
you don't know the thing to do-you
can't really "do" a fact. So, you
should use "'h i r" to express it. On
the other hand, if you say, "I didn't
know that you were such a good
dancer," you are saying that this is a
fact which is new to you. So, you use
"that" to express it.
You can make more friends in two
months by becoming interested in
other people than you can in two
years by trying to get other people
interested in you.
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