Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: January 25, 2008
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* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office

The EI Weekly

Volunteer Day
Help others while helping yourself

This Saturday, January 26th, we are
holding our first Volunteer Day of
the spring 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 and head to the
different sites.

Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 5pm on
Thursday, January 24h.

There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
volunteering activity

Great Air Potato Roundup-
Volunteer at Gainesville's Great Air
Potato Roundup event! We will meet
at Norman Garage at 8:40am and
carpool to the JJ Finley School and
search for air potatoes. Dress to be
outdoors and bring gloves and a
bucket if you have one! Afterwards,
you can attend the celebration festival
with food, live entertainment, and
guest speakers!

North Florida Rehab Center-
Come and play Bingo and talk with
senior citizens. This is a great way to
practice your English and have a
wonderful time!! We will meet at the
NRN Garage at 1:45pm and return
around 3pm.

Gainesville Pet Rescue-- Help clean
up the backyard at Gainesville Pet
Rescue, a local animal shelter. We will
meet at Norman Garage at 8:30am.
Remember to wear old clothes, a hat,
sunglasses, and bring water to drink!
Afterwards we can play with the
animals and then go out to lunch

Habitat for Humanity- Come
help Habitat for Humanity sell
donated goods, clothes, and furniture
to raise money to build houses for
people in need at the Habitat for
Humanity Thrift Store! Sign up to
volunteer from 11:45am to 2pm or
from 1:45pm to 4pm. We will meet at
Norman Garage at the start of your

If you have any questions about any
of the activities, see Chanelle in the
CIP Office, Room 318.

Have a great day, everyone!

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.
> Student Mailbox-Don't forget
to check the student mailbox in
the main office from time to
time. There is mail for some
returning students already.

Next weekend, we will be here in
Gainesville for the Hoggetowne
Medieval Faire. Details about the
trip will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weekly.

In case you're wondering, Sonia is
working on getting Conversation
Partners for everyone who asked for
one. You will be receiving your
Conversation Partner this week or
next in your Listening/Speaking or
Grammar for Writing class. If you
are a part-time student and would like

* Birthdays
* Manners

I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 3
January 25, 2008

Highlights I

to have a Conversation Partner, please
see Sonia in Room 318.

The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of January 25-31:

January 28:
January 30:
January 30:

Abulaziz A1Alqahtani
Hatim Al-Ghamedi

Rebekah Jackson

Folks, this is all I've currently got
from students, and then we're out of
questions! Teachers?

Q: Why don't US people use the water in
the restroom?

A: I'm honestly not sure what you
mean. Are you asking why we don't
flush or wash our hands? In both

cases, we should. Not everyone does,
but they should.

If you're asking why we don't drink
the water in the bathroom, well,
speaking as a fairly typical American, I
think most of us would find that kind
of disgusting.

Q: When is the next special holiday in the

A: Valentine's Day. On February
14th, we celebrate the very concept of
Love. We give cards with hearts on
them, flowers, and chocolate to the
people we love, and many couples go
out for special romantic evenings.

Q: I'm confused. I studied all the grammar
rules but sometimes I cannot use them in

A: You're right. Sometimes you
can't. There's this little thing called
"context" that can totally change
everything. My favorite way of
illustrating this is to use the title of
one of our Grammar 60 books:
Communicate What You Mean. That
is to say, sometimes the grammar of a
situation is perfectly correct, but the
meaning of the sentence doesn't
work. A really crazy example would
be something like this: you can put a
noun in the subject position of a
sentence and an object pronoun in
the object position of a sentence
which has a transitive verb, according
to the rules of grammar. But if you
say, "Broccoli eats him," even though
the grammar is correct, the meaning is
nonsense or just plain silly.

You're only given a little spark of
madness. You mustn't lose it.
--Robin Williams

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