* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EIT Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, November 8h, we are
holding our next Volunteer Day of the
fall 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 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, November 6th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers. You
should bring waterto each volunteering
Summerville Retirement Home-
Come play bingo, chess, and other games
with the elderly at Summerville! Practice
speaking English while playing games
with new friends. Meet us at the Cabana
Beach Rental Office at 2:30pm, and we
will return around 5pm.
Fishing for Success Fishing for
Success is an event put on by UF as an
activity to help the underprivileged youth
of Gainesville. We can catch (and release)
a catfish, bluegill or sunshine bass; and
soak up a little sunshine. Come get to
know a few of your Gainesville
neighbors. We will volunteer to help
make this event a success. We will also
help serve lunch to the families. We will
meet at Norman Garage at 9:15am and
return around 2pm.
Humane Society Come and play with
animals waiting for adoption at the
Alachua County Humane Society! Be sure
to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.
We will meet at the Norman Hall Garage
at 9:30am and return around 3pm.
St Francis House-Help us paint and
work on a project to improve homeless
shelters. Be sure to wear clothes that can
get dirty. We will meet at Norman
Garage at 1:30 and return around 5pm.
Have a great day, everyone!
The ELI Class
picture for Fall, 2008
will be taken at the
front of Tigert Hall
on SW 13th Street on Thursday,
November 13h, at 12:35pm. We will
walk over together from Norman Hall at
12:25 from L/S Classes or LA hours.
For classes not in Norman Hall, please
gauge your time to arrive at Tigert Hall by
12:35. For any and all students not taking
Listening/Speaking classes, as well as all
other teachers, LAs, and any other ELI
personnel who wants to participate, we
very much would like to encourage you
to come and join us for the picture.
We have a very large number of countries
represented among our B-Term Students!
The following is our representation,
based on the countries of students'
Burkina Faso Niger
Chad Saudi Arabia
Colombia Sn Lanka
Costa Rica Syria
Guatemala United Arab Emirates
> Wednesday, November 26th-ELI
Classes will end at 2:45pm on
Wednesday, November 26th. If you
have Reading/Writing from 3-5 in
the afternoon, there will be no class
for you on Wednesday, November
26th (The day before Tih ,ul:. .- ;i, .
All other ELI Classes will meet as
normal on this day.
> Veteran's Day Holiday-There
will be no ELI classes and the ELI
Office will be closed on Tuesday,
November 11th for the Veteran's Day
Holiday. Also, there will be no RTS
Bus service or mail delivery on this
The Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 11
November 7, 2008
day, and government offices will be
closed as well.
Our next trip will be to Busch Gardens
on Saturday, November 15th. We will
meet at the Norman Hall Garage at
1:50pm on Friday, November 7t to walk
over to the TRiP Office to purchase our
transportation passes. Details will be on
the Activities Board and in next week's
Soccer Norman Field
5:30PM (Stephan) Free
Tea Lounge at
Tuesday u Hookah Hutt
8:30 PM Hutt Cost Vanes
Wednesday Coffee Talk Free; bring
7:00 (Megan) money for
food if you like
Ultimate Meet at NRN
Thursday Frsbee Garage
8:00 (Natalie) Free
Gator Nights Information
Fnday Movies, Pool, Desk
6:00 Bowling Movie-free
(Nate) Pool and
*Activities may be added or cancelled dunng the semester*
See you every week!!
No equipment or experience necessaryff!
The following are the ELI Birthdays for
the period November 7-13:
November 10: Misa Hanano
November 10: Alejandro Ramirez
November 9: Lia Brenneman
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why is it incorrect to call my teacher
A: Every society has different rules and
customs for what to call people in
positions of authority.
In US society, we only address our
teachers as "teacher" when we are very
young children, if at all. Otherwise, we
call our teachers by Mr. or Ms. and the
family name. In college, when many
teachers hold doctoral degrees, we
address them as Dr. or Professor along
with the last name.
Here at the ELI, we do want to foster a
more collegial and team atmosphere.
Most of the teachers here do not have
Doctorates; the Masters is considered the
high degree for teaching ESL. Use of the
first name here is considered a preferred
Q: In my country, I can't J -'-lAps to
school, but here it is obviously common. Why?
A: And you'll find that it's even different
from place to place here in the US.
Fashion and what is/is not acceptable at
school is a very regional thing here. For
example, your Manners Columnist is a
teacher here at the ELI, and I wear shorts
most every day. In some universities in
northern, cooler climates, this would be
very unusual. However, here in
Gainesville, fashion is different because it
follows the warmer weather patterns, and
it's a good thing...because most days, I'd
probably come to class drenched in sweat
The same convention applies to footwear.
Gainesville and a great deal of Florida
(with the exception of some private
schools) just have different rules
regarding the appropriateness of various
Q: When can I use 'get"instead of 'go", as in,
' get to work, vs. '7go to work"?
A: Rarely, actually. This structure simply
means, "arrive". It's usually used when
we want to indicate that nothing is going
to happen until after the arrival, as in, "I'll
do it as soon as I get to work."
I am where I am because I believe in all
UF English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744