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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: February 15, 2008
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* Flea Market
* Notes from the Office


The EI Weekly


Wish Upon a Star
The Disney Trip!


This Saturday, February 16th, we are
headed to the Walt Disney World
resort in Orlando!

Come and experience the magic of
Disney. You can choose to go to
ONE of the theme parks, either the
Magic Kingdom or Epcot. You can
also go to Disney's Hollywood
Studios or Disney's Animal Kingdom,
but they close MUCH earlier than the
other parks, so you would need to
wait a long time for the van.

WHEN: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30
I \ [ at the TRiP Office. The Magic
Kingdom closes at 10pm and Epcot
closes at 9pm. We will meet back at
the van at 10pm and we may return to
Gainesville as late as 12midnight. We
will go even if it is raining.

COST: Entrance to each of the Walt
Disney World theme parks is $75.62.
You should also plan to take about
^ 2 for food and money for
souvenirs.




Next weekend, we're going Rock
Climbing! Details will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
Week/y.


> 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 anything in!
> 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.
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. At this point in the
semester, it might be a very good
idea for you to check with your
teachers and make sure that your
absences aren't becoming a
problem.




It has come to our attention lately that
a lot of students aren't aware that the
use of English in and around the ELI
is something that is required, not just
suggested.


Here is the exact text from the
application to the ELI that appears
right above the signature:

"I am aware of the importance of
using English in all ELI-related
activities. I pledge that I will use
English exclusively in all activities
involving the ELI."

And, here is the text from the ELI
Student Manual:

"ELI Students are expected to speak
only English in the ELI and at ELI
Activities."

Of course, since we have many
students who have shared native
languages, we know it's a real
temptation to use them. However,
it's not much help to you in learning
English, and it will actually slow down
your progress! So, we'd just like to
make an extra reminder to everyone
that when you're at the ELI, you
mustn't use anything but English.





The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of February 15-21:


* Birthdays
* Manners


I he Weekly Newsletter oJ
the English Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 6
February 15, 2008


Highlights I









Students:
February 19: Garam Noh

Staff:
Happy belated birthday to Jon
McCahill-February 11h!


Q: What is the between the iBT
and thepaper TOEFL?

A: Paper TOEFL has three sections:
Listening, Structure, and Reading. The
Listening section is very academic and
artificial, and it does not allow for
note taking. Also, the ELI
Institutional paper TOEFL does not
have any writing.

The iBT, on the other hand, is more
authentic in its English use
requirements. It does not have a
Structure section at all. Instead,
students must demonstrate
proficiency in Reading, W iri-
Listening AND Speaking. Also, there
is a test of integrated skills-students
must listen and read, and then write
about the two together.

Q: Are the ELI scholarships givenfor high
scores or high

A: Both. Students who are
nominated for the scholarship by their


teachers are nominated in the
following criteria:

Academic Excellence: The student
should have a GPA of 3.75 or higher
and demonstrate a high level of
proficiency in at least three of the four
skill areas.

Outstanding Progress: The student
should display outstanding progress in
language skills as evidenced by
improvements in coursework and/or
CELT scores.

Excellent Attendance: The student
should miss no more than ten hours
of class in the semester. On this one,
it's pretty rare for a successful
nominee to have more than two or
three hours of absence for the entire
semester.

Successful Work Strategies: The
student should demonstrate personal
initiative in and out of the classroom,
making an effort to get involved in
the ambient culture.

That final one does definitely include
as much participation in activities and
volunteering as possible. Also,
students who speak languages other
than English in the hallways of
Norman Hall and at ELI activities are
not generally considered to be
scholarship material.


Q: What is the -between -to",
"must'" "ought to'" "should", and '
better"?

A: Degree of necessity or
consequences. "Should" and "ought
to" both mean that someone is
making a suggestion but not stating a
requirement-it implies that the
receiver has a choice. They are of
equal strength-but only "should" is
used in negatives and questions,
generally. lI.,- r" and "have to" both
mean that there is no choice in the
matter-it's an absolute requirement.
For this requirement, only "must" can
be used in the negative-"don't have
to" just means that there is no
requirement. "Had better" means the
same thing as "should" and "ought
to", except that there is an implied
consequence for not following the
advice-it's more of a warning.




Our lives improve only when we take
chances and the first and most
difficult risk we can take is to be
honest with ourselves.

--Walter Anderson


UF English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744
Email: StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu
Webpage: www.eli.ufl.edu




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