* Volunteer Day
* Tax Forms
The ELI Weekly
Help others while learning English!
This Saturday, March 29th, we are
holding our second 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
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, March 27th.
There is no cost to volunteer.
4 Volunteer with Morningside
Nature Center from 9-11am
and help save Gainesville from
invasive plants! Meet at
Norman Garage at 8:45am to
carpool to the nature site. We
will be volunteering with
students from Santa Fe
Community College, so get
ready to meet new friends!
Don't forget to wear
comfortable clothes to work
Come help serve lunch for
people without homes at the
St. Francis Homeless
Shelter from 10am-lpm.
Meet at Norman Garage at
9:45am. Wear comfortable
clothes, closed-toed shoes, and
a bandana or hat for your hair!
4 Help build houses for families
in need with Habitat for
Humanity from 8am-2pm.
Meet at Norman Garage at
7:30am to carpool to the
construction site. We will be
volunteering with students
from the University of Florida!
Wear comfortable clothes and
sneakers for working outside.
Have a great day, everyone!
Next weekend, on Saturday, April 5th,
we will be here in Gainesville for the
Spring Arts Festival. More details will
be on the Activities Board and in next
It's ELI Student Voices time, everyone!
Steve wants us to let you know that the
deadline for submissions for this
semester will be on Friday, April 11th.
You can give your submissions to your
teacher, to Steve directly, or you may
place them in Steve's mailbox (marked
Flocks) in the ELI Main Office, Room
315. Let's see what you can come up
All international students are required
to file a tax form in the United States.
You are required to file this form,
even if you have no income. The
deadline to file if you have no income
is June 15. The deadline to file if you
have income from any source other
than bank interest (like an on-campus
job), is April 15.
You can find the form you need to
complete and the directions on how
to complete it at:
You can also find many answers to
you questions on the UF
International Center tax page:
You can also always make an
appointment to speak with Barbara if
you have questions.
She Weekly Newsletter of
the Englsh Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 11
March 28, 2008
The following are ELI birthdays from
March 28-April 3:
March 28: Maria Dantas
March 28: Esperanza Rebollo
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why dopeople in the US shake hands
rather than hugging and kissing
A: It's purely a matter of the culture in
which we were raised. In some
cultures, particularly those that sprung
up around the Mediterranean, people
express greeting with great enthusiasm.
In Eastern countries, for the most part,
people don't touch at all in greeting. In
the northern areas of Europe (including
England, from which many US
behaviors came), the custom developed
somewhere in between these
extremes-the handshake was
established as a norm.
Q: Why is American football more important
than soccer in the US?
A: Mainly, it's tradition and habit. For
many, many years, since the early 20th
Century, it has been a big tradition on
American college campuses to cheer
for your football team, and we have
many well-established rivalries (such as
UF vs. FSU). In the 1960s, we carried
this forward logically to the
professional area (that's when the
Superbowl was bom), and it's just been
that way ever since. Even when they're
internationally popular, it's difficult
sometimes to replace old traditions
with new ones-especially when they
already have so much attention and so
This week, we're addressing a
procedural question that we get quite
Q: What's the between thepaper
TOEFL and the iBT TOEFL?
A: Well, for one thing, your
institutional paper TOEFL isn't really
designed for college admissions-and
if you plan to use it as such, it's only
accepted at the institution that
administers it. This means UF in our
case, but you cannot depend on your
department accepting it (check with
them to be sure), and you only get
ONE official score. If you need a test
for admission to any other school, then
you must arrange with ETS to take an
As to the substance of the tests, they're
very, very different.
The paper TOEFL has three sections:
Listening, Structure, and Reading. In
the listening section, you cannot take
any notes (it's considered cheating if
you do), and the focus is mainly on
academic English. We do not have a
writing section on our Institutional
On the iBT, there is no Structure
section. You have Listening, Speaking
(yes, they actually record your voice!),
Reading, and Writing. You may take
notes freely. There are two essays-
one is a traditional TOEFL essay, and
the other is a synthesis of a reading and
Getting ahead in a difficult profession
requires avid faith in yourself That is
why some people with mediocre talent,
but with great inner drive, go much
further than people with vastly superior
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