* Valentine's Day Party
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 6
February 13, 2009
Valentine's Day Party
Share the holiday with us!
This Friday, February 13th, the ELI is
holding a Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is a holiday
celebrated on February 14 by many
people throughout the world. In the
West, it is the traditional day on which
friends and loved ones express their
affection for each other by sending
Valentine's Day cards and presenting
The ELI will be hosting a Valentine's
Day Party to celebrate this holiday. It
will be a masquerade, which means
people attending may wear a mask
and may wear red or black.
When: Friday, February 13th from
8:00pm to 11:00pm
Where: Megan Chandler's (LA)
house. Map and Directions will be
What to bring: Please bring a snack to
> Spring Break and I-20s Spring
Break is only a few weeks away!
If you plan to leave the US at all
during the break-even on a
cruise or a day trip to Canada or
Mexico-please remember to
come to the office to have your I-
20 signed so that you won't have
trouble getting back into the
> ELI T-Shirts--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 today!
Next weekend, there will be no
scheduled activity so that you may
prepare for any midterm
examinations that you may have.
Our next activity, the following
weekend, will be Canoeing on the
Santa Fe River. Details about the trip
will be on the Activities Board and in
that week's Weekly.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of February 13-19:
February 15: Hsiu Yu Fang
February 19: Ida Rapademnaba
None this week!
Q: Is it disgustingfor Americans to eat by
A: Depends on the food. Basically,
we have a good number of foods that
are considered "finger foods".
Anything that resembles a sandwich
(stuff between pieces of bread),
breads, cheeses, raw vegetables and
fruits, crackers, cookies, fries, or chips
are certainly finger foods. Also, fried
chicken is usually eaten with the
fingers, particularly in the South.
Most people here, though, eat most
foods that are wet or excessively oily
with some kind of utensil.
Q: What should we call our teachers? Is it
common to use the first name?
A: Here at the ELI, definitely. In
college courses in general, it's fine to
use first names if the professor wants
you to. Otherwise, we use "Doctor"
plus the last name if we know that the
person has a doctoral degree.
Otherwise, we can use "Professor"
plus the last name, or even "Mr." or
I ." plus the last name unless we are
told otherwise. One thing that is not
acceptable is to call your teachers,
"Teacher". That's something in this
culture that we only do when we are
Q: When someone invites you to an
American house what is the best way to be
polte with the hosts?
A: By showing up on time. Also, you
may bring a small gift, such as
chocolate, flowers, or (if you know
your hosts drink) wine. This part is
not required, however. It's
appreciated, but not expected.
Q: How can I understandphrasal verbs?
A: The same way you learn and
understand any vocabulary. There's
no magic formula for phrasal verbs-
each instance of a phrasal verb creates
what is essentially a completely new
vocabulary word with its own
definition and usage. You can learn
them by watching and listening for
them, writing them down, practicing
with them, and noting their context,
just like any other vocabulary.
Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to
ask ourselves, after the first suffering,
how we can turn it into good. So shall
we take occasion, from one bitter
root, to raise perhaps many flowers.
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