* Midterm Picnic
* Notes from the Office
The ELI Weekly
This Saturday, March 7th, we have no
activities planned, as it is the beginning
of Spring Break. If you are here in
town, however, on Saturday, March
14th, we do have a planned activity.
This will be our Midterm Picnic, which
is also the Welcome Picnic for our new
This is a fun day in the sun to welcome
the new ELI students! All ELI
students, staff, and friends are invited.
This will be a picnic at Yulee Pit. There
will be sports, games and great
WHEN: Saturday, March 14th at 11:30
AM. If it is raining call 392-3354
extension 230 after 10:00 AM to see if
the picnic has been moved. Even
though this is not a carpool trip, you
must sign up on the activities board
by 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 5th
so we know how much food to
WHERE: Behind Broward and Yulee
Halls (Across 13th Street from the
COST: This trip is completely FREE!
WHAT TO BRING: Wear tennis
shoes and sun-block. We will provide
the food so come hungry!!
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
th and Monday, March 16h are
regular class days.
r Lost and Found: If you should
lose something in the classrooms
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
r Spring Break and I-20s-Be sure
if you are leaving the country for
any reason during the break to
have your 1-20 signed before you
leave so that you can get back into
> Bulletin Boards-Students, please
do not post anything on any of the
ELI bulletin boards without
obtaining permission from the ELI
Main Office, Room 315.
On Saturday, March 21st, we will be
holding our second Volunteer Day of
the spring semester. Details about the
volunteering activities will be on the
Activities Board and in the next issue
of the Weekly.
The following are
ELI birthdays from
March 7: Loai
March 11: Gulsah Billor
March 11: Takashi Tsuchiya
March 14: Pei-Wu Yu
March 18: Geunwoo Song
March 6: Debbie Kellermann
March 6: Sonja Pealer
March 17: MelinaJimenez
Happy Birthday, one and all!
She Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 9
March 6, 2009
Q: What does the name "America"mean?
A: It's a mapmaker's mistake. Back in
the age of exploration, there was an
Italian explorer named Amerigo
Vespucci. A mapmaker in the 16th
Century mistook the label on a trace of
his route to the new world as a label for
the new world, and the mistake has
been duplicated ever since. Some
historians dispute this account, but it's
still among the most widely credited
Q: Why do English speakers capitaize the
A: No one seems to know for certain.
The most widely accepted theory that I
can find is that it's because it's the only
pronoun of only one letter, so it helps
distinguish it in a sentence.
Q: What's the
A: Very little in meaning. "For
instance" is perhaps a bit more
conversational, but both are used in
speaking and writing.
Q: How can I use "shall" in a sentence?
A: Really, anymore, you can't. As
recently as 40 years ago, it was
considered the proper future tense
modal for the first person ("I shall, we
shall) intsead of "will". But it isn't
anymore. The only use we still give it is
for polite offers or requests, as in,
"Shall I get you some more coffee?" or,
"Shall we go?"
Before you agree to do anything that
might add even the smallest amount of
stress to your life, ask yourself: What is
my truest intention? Give yourself time
to let a yes resound within you. When
it's right, I guarantee that your entire
body will feel it.
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Phone: (352) 392-2070
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