* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, May 24th, 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
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, and staff
will meet and head to the different
sites. Please sign up on the Activities
Board for your choice of activity by
4pm on Thursday, May 22nd. There is
no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
Retirement Home for Horses-
Help care for aging and abandoned
horses in a fun environment. Be sure
to wear sneakers! We will meet at
8:15am at the Norman Garage and
return around 12noon.
Summerville- Come and play
Bingo, chess, and other board games
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 1:30pm and
return around 4pm.
Haven Hospice Thrift Shop-
Come help Haven Hospice sort and s
sell donated clothes to raise money
for people in need at the Haven
Hospice Store! We will meet at
Norman Garage at 10:15am and
return around 2:30pm.
If you have any questions about any
of the activities, see Kristen in the
CIP Office, Room 318.
Have a great day, everyone!
> Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are
taking note of both your absences
and your tardies in every class
> 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.
> Memorial Day Holiday-In case
you missed it on your calendar,
this coming Monday is Memorial
Day. There will be no classes and
our office will be closed. Banks,
the Post Office, and some
businesses will also close. Also,
there will be no bus service.
Next weekend, we will be going to
Universal Studios Florida in
Orlando. If you want to purchase a
2^ Transportation Pass to go on the
trip, meet at the NRN Garage at 1:15
on Friday, May 23rd, and we will walk
over with you. Details about the trip
will be on the Activities Board and in
next week's Weeky.
The following is our afternoon
activity schedule. Please check the
Activities Board from time to time to
see if there are any changes.
Day/Time Activity Location
Meet at O'Connell
Monday Swimming (Mon. My 19 only
7:00 PM (Charlotte) Meet at Norman
Garage at 6:30)
Bringyour Gatorl ID
Tuesday Chow and Picnic tables outside
11:00-1:00 Chat the Flonda Room
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the English Language Institute
Volume 106, Issue 3
May 23, 2008
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PM C to take Bus #1
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class until (Megan) coffeeandfoodifyou
5:00, join us
Thursday Ultimate Meet at NRN Garage
8:00 Fnsbee Free
Movie Meet at Norman
Fnday Night Garage
6:00 (Sarah and Bring money for a
Robyn) movie and snacks.
Bring your Gatorl ID
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of May 23-29:
May 28: Jae Sook Bae
May 28: Yeongju Kim
None this week!
Q: I'm interested in manners about having
meals. What should I not do when I am
eating with Americans?
A: Oh, goodness, there are entire
etiquette books with half of their
chapters dedicated to mealtime
etiquette! There are a few general
1. Don't make noises with your food.
When eating soup, for example, don't
slurp. Just put the spoon in your
mouth and eat quietly.
2. Talking during a meal is fine, but
don't talk with your mouth full. Wait
until you swallow.
3. Don't eat foods with your fingers
that aren't designed for it.
Hamburgers and sandwiches and
chips are fine, but most other foods
(unless you are actually eating at a
fast-food restaurant) should be eaten
4. It's okay to offer to share your
food if you want to, but we generally
don't ask to try something that's on
someone else's plate.
5. Don't reach across someone else
to get the salt, sugar, ketchup, etc.
Ask that it be passed to you.
6. It's fine to refuse a food if you
can't eat it-be it for dietary reasons
or religious reasons or whatever. You
don't have to explain why. In fact, to
do so extensively is considered bad
form-especially if it's just because
you don't like a certain food. If your
host asks, it's rude of her/him.
Q: How can I use the word, "- "? For
example, is it, people is... "or
A: 99.999% of the time, the word is
plural. I save that 0.001% for the use
when we are talking about an entire
culture, but the structure you would
see would be something along the
lines of this: "The Native Americans
are a proud people." You wouldn't
likely see this in the subject position in
the sentence. So, the answer to your
question really is, it's always, "The
You're only given a little spark of
madness. You mustn't lose it.
Uff I 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