* Busch Gardens
The ELI Weekly
Busch Gardens is a theme park in
Tampa. It is famous for its roller
coasters and its wild animals. Among
the roller coasters is "Sheikra", that has
two 90 degree angle drops making it the
first coaster of its kind in the Americas
and only the third in the world. This is
one of the most popular trips of the
semester, don't miss it!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov.15t. We will
meet at The TRiP 0 on the ground
floor of the Reitz Union at 8:00 AM.
The park will be open until 7:00 PM.
Depending on the group decision, we
may return to Gainesville as late as 12:00
PM. We will go rain or shine.
TRANSPORTATION: This is a van
trip so you must purchase a
transportation pass at The TRiP C0 on
the ground floor of the Reitz Union.
(The TRiP Office sells transportation
passes. You will need to buy your
Busch Gardens admission ticket
online or at Busch Gardens.)
COST: The cost of transportation is
$30 for a seat in the van. Busch
Gardens admission tickets for Florida
residents are $67.95 for adults and
$57.95 for kids. Bring your Gator 1
card or Florida driver's license to
prove that you are a Florida resident.
You can buy your admission ticket to
Busch Gardens now and use it as many
times as you want until December 31,
2008. Also, bring money for food and
The ELI's Institutional TOEFL will be
given on Friday, December 5th, at 2pm
in the Communicore at Shands. The
Registration Schedule for the TOEFL is
FULL-TIME ELI STUDENTS
Friday, November 21st, pm
Room 250 NRN
Friday, November 21st, 3:30pm
Room 250 NRN
PART-TIME ELI Students and
Tuesday, December 2nd, 9:35am
Room 2337 NRN
Part timers, remember that you also
must sign up in the ELI Main Office
ASAP in order to have a space at
If you have a problem and cannot
register at your assigned time, please
come to the ELI Main Office
November 19th, to receive a different
IMPORTANTNOTE #1: You
MUST be on time. If you arrive
even ONE MINUTE late, you
will not be permitted to register at
the regular time. You will have to
register with the part-time and
non-students, and you will be
permitted to register only if there
is space. You wil also have to
pay a late fee of $40. There will
be no exceptions.
IMPORTANTNOTE #2: The
registration takes about an hour.
No one will be allowed to leave
until it is finished and we have
matched your IDs to your forms
and we have taken them all and
counted them. Please do not
make any plans that may conflict
with this time.
Everyone, bring A PICTURE ID
AND A NUMBER 2 PENCIL to
registration. We do not have
enough pencils to give each
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 104, Issue 12
November 14, 2008
Next weekend, we will be holding our
annual ELI Thanksgiving Potluck!
Details will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weekly.
Q: Some of my classmates don't use deodorant,
or brush their teeth regularly, and it's kind of
'me. Can I tellthem?
A: No, but I can. Folks, if you come
from a culture that doesn't use
deodorant and anti-perspirant, that's
absolutely fine-we're not telling you
that you have to or that it's wrong in any
way. However, remember that you are
currently living in a culture that does use
it, and you are among many students
who also come from cultures that also
do. When the weather is warm, as it
often is in Florida, many natural body
smells are going to get stronger-and
our classrooms are pretty small. For
those of you not using deodorant or
anti-perspirant, it's likely that you may be
making things a bit more difficult for
some of your classmates and teachers.
As for the other part of the question,
well, everyone, for heaven's sake, please
brush your teeth in the morning. It's
just healthier that way!
Q: What do Americans do on Thanksgiing?
A: Eat. Thanksgiving is a special feast
holiday for Americans. This is the main
holiday when we get together with our
families; travel is at its absolute peak
during Thanksgiving week in the US.
It's also traditional for us to shop; the
day after Thanksgiving is a big day for
retailers, and you will find a lot of special
sales throughout the weekend.
Q: Why is it incorrect to call my teacher
A: 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
Q: What's the .
' between 'other' and
A: The first one, 'other', is an adjective
for plural nouns. It comes in front of a
noun, as in, "There are other
alternatives." The second one, 'others',
is a pronoun, meaning that it stands
alone, as in, "There are others."
r Library Fines and Infirmary
Fees-Since we're coming closer to
the end of the semester, we just
want to remind you that now is a
good time to think about clearing
up any fees and fines that you might
have with the university. If there
are any outstanding balances owed,
we won't be able to release any of
your academic information or
certificates to you.
> Part-time students and TOEFL:
Part time students, don't forget-if
you wish to take the ELI TOEFL
with the other students, you must
actually sign up for it in the ELI
Main Office, Room 315. If you
have not already done so, please go
and sign up as soon as possible.
The following are ELI birthdays from
November 13: J .n -- .'n Do
November 14: Pei Chen Hsieh
Novemberl4: Emre Sare
November 19: Yena Kim
November 20: Humberto Cespedes
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
To die is nothing, but it is terrible not to
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