* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, January 31st, we are
holding our first 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
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, teachers,
and staff will meet and head to the
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, January 29th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire-
Dress in Medieval costumes and take
tickets for the Hoggetowne Medievel
Faire. You will receive a free
admission ticket to the faire when you
are finished helping out!Meet at
Norman Hall at 8:30am and we will
drive together. We will return around
Summerville- Come and play
Bingo and talk with senior citizens.
This is a great way to practice your
English and have a wonderful time!!
We will meet at the Cabana Beach at
3pm and return around 5pm.
Mill Creek Horse Farm--Help
groom retired horses at the Mill Creek
Horse Farm from 9am-lpm. Meet at
Norman Garage at 8:15am and wear
Gainesville Pet Rescue--Like pets?
Help clean up the yard at
Gainesville Pet Rescue from 9am-
12pm and then play with the animals!
Dress to do work outdoors and meet
at Norman Garage at 8:45am.
Great Air Potato Roundup--
Rid a Gainesville neighborhood of
invasive plants from 9am-llam in the
Great Air Potato Roundup! Volunteer
to clean the Kincaid Property of air
potatoes. Dress to work outdoors,
and bring a bucket if you have one!
Meet at Norman Garage at 8:45am.
Afterwards, you can attend a FUN
celebration with food, live music, and
guest speakers at Momingside Nature
If you have any questions about any
of the activities, see Chanelle in the
CIP Office, Room 318.
Have a great day, everyone!
TOEFL Scores: If you gave the
ELI office as your address to receive
your TOEFL Scores, we have them in
the student mailbox in the Main
Office. Come and pick them up!
Infirmary Fees and Cancellations:
If you made an appointment to see a
Team C doctor at the SHCC (Student
Health Care Center) and then did not
show up or cancel the appointment,
you have a $5.00 charge on your
student account. We will get a list of
all the students who owe fees at the
end of the semester. If you have
ANY outstanding fees on your
student account you will not be able
to register for the TOEFL, nor will
you be able to receive test scores,
grades, etc. Please look on your
MyUFL student account to see if you
owe any fees. Cultural tip from a
previous ELI Weekly in the USA
we think it is extremely rude to be late
and it is inexcusable to miss an
appointment! You will be charged for
I he Weekly Newsletter oJ
the English Language Institute
Volume 108, Issue 4
January 30, 2009
inconveniencing professionals like
COE Project: If you are from a
country OTHER THAN China,
Taiwan, France, Brazil, Korea, or
Costa Rica, I have a wonderful
opportunity for you. A professor in
the College of Education is matching
her students with international
students to do a children's literature
project. If you would like meeting
and telling a COE student about
yourself and looking at children's
books from your country (they will
provide the books), then this is a great
project for you. Come to my office
(316 NRN) and sign up!
Next weekend, we will be going to
Orlando to visit the wonderful
Islands of Adventure Theme Park at
Universal Studios. Want to go? Sign
up on the activities board. We will
have a walk-over to the TRiP office to
buy tickets on Friday, January 30th
at 1:00p.m. Meet at the Norman
Garage at 12:45. You MUST buy your
van tickets at this time. Van tickets are
^.2. .i You may also buy your
Islands of Adventure ticket at this
time for $51.00 + tax. If you buy
your park ticket on September 15th at
the park, you will have to pay $71.00
+ tax. Remember, we have 12 spots
on the van... if it is not full, the trip
will be CANCELLED!
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of January 30-February 5:
January 30: Maria Sarmiento
January 31: Nasser Al Khaili
February 4: Mutaz Atallah
February 5: Ramon Padilla
None this week!
Happy birthday one and all!
Q: How can Igreet Americans Poitely
when I am introduced to them? Does it
make any when there are
either both men or women?
A: No, it doesn't make any
difference. The most polite way to
greet someone for the first time is to
extend your hand for a quick
handshake and say "How do you
do?" or "Nice to meet you."
Q: I've heard thatpeople give bigger tips on
the weekend. Should Igive more than
on the weekend?
A: The day of the week makes no
difference at all, though some
restaurants have slightly more
expensive menus on some busier
days. Generally, you should tip 15%
for good service and 2" .. (or more-
if it's a reeeeally good server) for very
Q: What is the between "during"
A: "During" means "for sometime
within a specified time". "For"
simply means "This is exactly how
long." Here's a sentence with both:
"I studied for two weeks during the
I'd rather be a failure at something I
love than a success at something I
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