Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: September 26, 2008
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* Climbing
* Notes from the Office

The EI Weekly

I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 5
September 26, 2008

Climbing at Lake Wauburg
Come out and see some of what Gainesville has to offer outdoors!

This Saturday, September 27th, join
ELI students and LAs for a day
outdoors climbing at Lake Wauburg.

We will meet at the Norman Hall
Garage at 11:15am.

Don't want to climb? That's okay!
There are many other activities for
you to enjoy. You can play Frisbee,
golf or soccer. There's .- ti, i. ;,'-,
hiking, and a large area for having a
picnic with your language assistants
and friends!

Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes.
Also, bring water, a picnic lunch, and

There is no cost for admission, but be
sure to bring your UFID to get into
the park.

Join us! It'll be a great day!

> 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.

Don't forget, everyone (students,
teachers, and staff alike!), we are
selling ELI T-Shirts for only $10
(exact change only). To purchase
yours, just see Sonja in the main office
any day before 1:30pm. Get yours

Next weekend, we will be going to
Ocala for the 1-75 Super Flea
Market. Details will be on the
Activities Board and in Next Week's

The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of September 26-October 2:

September 26: Hala Edrees
September 27: Amerah Mouazzen

October 2: Hwang Sun Lee

None this week!

Happy Birthday, one and all!

Folks, we're running low on questions
for both this column and the
Grammar column!

Q: Why is the eagle the national bird of the

A: It was chosen mainly for its
positive characteristics. The eagle has
long life, majestic looks, and great
strength. Also, at the time, it was
believed that the bald eagle was native
only to North America. There were
dissenters, though. One of our most
famous early statesmen, Benjamin
Franklin, thought that the turkey
should be our national bird.

Q: Do I have to learn spoken colloquial
expressions? They confuse me.

A: It depends mostly on why you're
learning the language. Sure, if you
plan to sit in your room alone and do
nothing but read textbooks, you can

* Birthdays
* Manners


probably get away without learning
the spoken language and the slang
and colloquial expressions. And, this
is certainly true if you don't plan to
study here in the US or have much
interaction with native speakers of
English. But in everyday use,
including in professors' lectures, in
newspaper and magazine articles, and
in most any social interaction you
have with native speakers, slang and
idiom and colloquial English will be
necessary parts of your daily

Q: What's the between thepresent
perfect and thepresentperfectprogressive

A: In many cases, there isn't much of
one, particularly when we use verbs
like "work" and "live." The main
differences come when we want to
emphasize the duration of the event
for some reason, such as annoyance
(Where have you been? I've been
waiting for 2 hours!), or if you want to

indicate clearly that the action in the
past influences something in the
present (Your eyes are red. Have you
been crying?).

Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and
leave a trail.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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