* Spring Break
* Midterm Picnic
The ELI Weekly
Just in case you aren't already aware of
it, our Spring Break is only a couple of
weeks away. Since we have no
scheduled trip this week and there is no
major news, we thought that this week
we might let you know that there are
quite a few things that you can do if
you don't already have plans. Even if
you're staying here in town, there is a
good bit that you can find right here!
If you do not yet have any plans for
Spring Break, we have some
suggestions for you! Within an easy
day's drive from Gainesville, you will
find Atlanta at one end and Miami at
the other, with Savannah, Jacksonville,
Cedar Key, Orlando, Tampa/St.
Petersburg, and many other interesting
places in between. There are a number
of good Internet resources to help you
locate last-minute hotel and flight
reservations, notably Travelocity,
Expedia, and Orbitz, found at
www.orbitz.com. And, if you really
want good bargains and are feeling
adventurous, then you can try out
Priceline bidding at www.priceline.com
or blind purchasing on Hotwire at
www.hotwire.com. If you're planning
on renting a car, then be sure to call all
of the companies in town to check on
the available rates.
If you are among those staying in
Gainesville, there are lots of things to
do, too! If you like museums, there are
the Harn Museum of Art and the
Florida Museum of Natural History,
both located on the southwest side of
campus. Each of these provides an
afternoon of cultural enjoyment. If you
like nature, check out the Devil's
Millhopper State Geological Site and
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. And if
you like bicycling, there is the
Gainesville-Hawthome Rail Trail-15
miles of paved cycling trail that winds
through Paynes Prairie and beyond.
Also, you can try the Depot
Avenue/Waldo Road trail system.
Also, Paynes Prairie itself has some
really nice walking paths worth
If you're traveling, do please remember
that missing any classes on the Friday
before Spring Break or the Monday
after do count toward total absences.
Check out some of the web links below
for some information about traveling
or things to do here in Gainesville.
Next week, on Saturday, February 28th,
our next trip will be Canoeing on the
Santa Fe River. Details will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
r Spring Break: There will be no
ELI classes during the week of
March 9th to 13th. Regular classes
will resume on March 16th. Please
remember that Friday, March
8h andMonday, March Ibh are
regular class days.
r Appointments: Students, when
you receive a note from the office
asking you to make an
appointment to see one of our
administrators, or if you have a
need to see someone, please go to
our receptionist, Chelsea, in the
main office to make the
appointment rather than going
directly to the administrator. This
allows for time to prepare and have
an adequate amount of time to
discuss whatever issues may be
> Lost and Found: If you should
lose something in the classrooms
She Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 7
February 20, 2009
or elsewhere at the ELI, do come
and check to see if it has been
turned in in the Main Office,
Room 315. Also, if you find
something in the classrooms that
got left behind, this is the place to
The following are ELI birthdays from
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why do many girls and guys in the US
wear a lot of earrings?
Q: What is Presidents' Day?
A: It's a combined holiday, actually.
We used to have holidays for George
Washington's birthday and Abraham
Lincoln's birthday. These two are
generally considered to be our greatest
presidents. Both birthdays are in
February, so the federal govemment
decided that it was a good idea to make
the Monday between them into a
holiday to make a long weekend.
Q: What's the
' between "most" and
A: "Almost" is an adverb. You cannot
use it in front of a noun. You can say,
"most students" or you can say, "all
students" or you can even say, "almost
all students". However, you cannot
ever say, "almost students".
Q: What's the ,
"a lot of'?
' between "lots of' and
A: Very little, actually. "Lots of' is a
tiny bit less formal than "a lot of', but
it's a very minor distinction.
Don't reserve your best behavior for
special occasions. You can't have two
sets of manners, two social codes one
for those you admire and want to
impress, another for those whom you
consider unimportant. You must be the
same to all people.
Lillian Eichler Watson