* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EIT Weekly
Help others while helping yourself!
This Saturday, November 10th, we are
holding our next Volunteer Day of the
fall term. This is your chance to help out
the community while practicing your
English in a real-life environment. Below
is a description of the volunteer activities
going on this weekend.
We will meet at different times. Students,
language assistants, teachers, and staff will
meet at the NRN Garage and carpool to
the different sites.
Please sign up on the Activities Board for
your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, November 8th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers. You
should bring waterto each volunteering
Bingo at North Florida Rehab- Come
play bingo with the elderly at North
Florida Rehab and Specialty Care Center!
Practice speaking English while playing
games with new friends. Meet us at
Norman Garage at 1pm, and we will
return around 4pm.
Family Fishing Day Family Fishing
Day is an event put on by UF as an
activity to help the underprivileged youth
of Gainesville. We can catch (and release)
a catfish, bluegill or sunshine bass; and
soak up a little sunshine. Come get to
know a few of your Gainesville
neighbors. We will volunteer to help
make this event a success. We will also
help serve lunch to the families. We will
meet at the Norman Hall Garage at 10am
and return around 1pm.
Race for the Children Come
participate in a 5K race to benefit the
Children's Miracle Network at Shands
Children's Hospital. Support the cause by
running or walking in the event, or
handing out water to the participants
during the race. Registration is $10 (if you
want to walk or run) and begins at
7:30am the day of the race at Pony Field
on Gale Lemerand Drive, or you can pre-
register online at
race will start at 8:30am. There will be
FREE snacks and drinks for everyone!
Meet your LA at 7:50am at the Reitz
Union Information Desk so we can walk
over together. We will be finished
Have a great day, everyone!
We have a very large number of countries
represented among our B-Term Students!
The following is our representation,
based on the countries of students'
Burkina Faso Senegal
China Saudi Arabia
Here are the winners of the ELI
Halloween Party Costume Contest:
Best Male Costume:
1. Youngsik Chung (Elijah)
2. Scott Davis
3. Ricardo Morgado
Best Female Costume:
1. Karen Hoyos
2. Heather Goode
3. Maria Bragado
Congratulations to all! There is a $10 gift
certificate to the Regal Cinemas movie
theatre in Butler Plaza for the TOP
WINNER of each category. Come see
Noreen or Chanelle to pick up your prize!
> Our New Student Life
Assistant-If you haven't had a
chance yet, stop by the main office
and give a warm welcome to our new
Student Life Assistant, Daire
> Travel and I-20's-Even though it's a
bit early, there are several holidays
coming up. Do remember that if
you travel outside the country during
this time, you will need to get your I-
20 signed in the ELI Main Office
before you go, in order to ensure that
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you will be able to return to the US
when the holiday is over!
r 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.
Our next trip will be our annual ELI
Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday,
November 16th. Details will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following are the ELI Birthdays for
the period November 9-15:
November 9: Hyun Young Cho
November 9: Charles Edouard de
November 9: YuJu Tseng
November 11: Yasuko Ochiai
November 13: Mert Giiner
November 9: Lia Brenneman
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why do Americans call dogs "or "she"?
A: It's not just dogs...it's pets in general.
Many people here consider pets basically
as part of the family. It would be
unthinkable therefore to refer to that
member of the family as "it".
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 US 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 and team 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
Q: Why do Americanpeople cross the roads
against the signals?
A: There are a lot of incredibly stupid
people in the US, apparently.
Q: In my county, I can't -flops to
school, but here it is obviously common. Why?
A: And you'll find that it's even different
from place to place here in the US.
Fashion and what is/is not acceptable at
school is a very regional thing here. For
example, your Manners Columnist is a
teacher here at the ELI, and I wear shorts
most every day. In some universities in
northern, cooler climates, this would be
very unusual. However, here in
Gainesville, fashion is different because it
follows the warmer weather patterns,
and it's a good thing...because most days,
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I'd probably come to class drenched in
The same convention applies to footwear.
Gainesville and a great deal of Florida just
have different rules regarding the
appropriateness of various fashion trends.
Q: When do we use "at" vs. 'in"
A: Gosh, that's a tall order! Preposition
use in English is very, very situation
specific. That means basically that there's
a lot of memorizing involved to get the
One area in which students often have a
lot of confusion, however, is the use of
these two prepositions when referring to
where you are in relation to a house or a
building. Basically, "at" in this case is the
more general. Let's say you call home to
say that you're going to be late. You
would say you're "at the office" or "at
Joe's house". It doesn't matter whether
you are actually inside of the four walls of
either space-you could be standing
outside in front of your office or ofJoe's
house. On the other hand, "in" is used to
distinguish location of inside or outside of
the spaces that are close by where you are
actually standing. Let's say you're
standing in front of your office building,
and someone asks you where your boss
is, and he's already inside the building. In
this case, you would say that he's "in his
I am where I am because I believe in all