* Volunteer Day
* B-Tern Countries
The ELI Weekly
Help others while learning English!
This Saturday, March 21t, we are
holding our second Volunteer Day of
the spring 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 this
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, teachers,
and staff will meet at the NRN Garage
and carpool to the different sites.
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, March 19th.
There is no cost to volunteer.
Help groom retired horses at the
MILL CREEK HORSE FARM
from 9am-lpm. Meet at Norman
Garage at 8:15am and wear outdoor
clothes and close-toed shoes! Bring
carrots if you want to feed the horses!
Do you like pets? Help clean up the
yard at GAINESVILLE PET
RESCUE from 9:45am-lpm and then
play with the animals! Dress to do work
outdoors and meet at Norman Garage
How about some fishing? Volunteer
for FAMILY FISHING DAY AT
THE UF PONDS from 9:45am-lpm.
Go fishing with your ELI friends and
then help serve lunch to the families.
Meet at Norman Garage at 9am.
Want to meet new American friends
and UF students? Help serve lunch to
the homeless with a UF student
organization called PROJECT
from 1-2:30pm. Meet at Norman
Garage at 12:45pm.
Have a great day, everyone!
Next weekend, on Saturday, March
29th, we will be here in Gainesville for
the annual Spring Arts Festival. More
details will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weekly.
It's ELI Student Voices time, everyone!
Steve wants us to let you know that the
deadline for submissions for this
semester will be on Friday, April 10th.
You can give your submissions to your
teacher, to Steve directly, or you may
place them in Steve's mailbox (marked
Flocks) in the ELI Main Office, Room
315. Let's see what you can come up
The following are the countries and
places represented by our students in
our new B-Term:
Brazil Saudi Arabia
Burkina Faso Taiwan
Welcome, new students!
The following are ELI birthdays from
March 21: Min A Lee
March 22: Sun Hee Eo
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
She Weekly Newsletter of
the Englsh Language Institute
Volume 108, Issue 10
March 20, 2009
Q: Why is American football more important
than soccer in the US?
A: Mainly, it's tradition and habit. For
many, many years, since the early 20th
Century, it has been a big tradition on
American college campuses to cheer for
your football team, and we have many well-
established rivalries (such as UF vs. FSU).
In the 1960s, we carried this forward
logically to the professional area (that's
when the Superbowl was born), and it's just
been that way ever since. Even when
they're internationally popular, it's difficult
sometimes to replace old traditions with
new ones-especially when they already
have so much attention and so many
Q: Why do allthe clubs close at 2am?
A: Well, the official reason is that it's
supposed to get people off the streets
earlier. In practice, there's a lot of
debate as to just how effective this is.
Some people feel that it really doesn't
matter what time the bars close-
you're just as likely to have drunk
people on the road no matter what.
Gainesville is not the only place in
Florida with 2am closing times; even
places as large as Orlando also do this!
Q: Why do students in the US call teachers
ly theirfirst names? In my county, this is
A: Most of us don't. It really depends
in most cases on the personal
preferences of the professors. In a
regular university class, we usually use
"Doctor" or "Professor" plus the
person's last name. Or, if they don't
have a PhD degree, we might use
"Mr." or 1-,". At the ELI, though,
we are a little less formal-on purpose.
We try to foster a more conversational
environment in order to get students
This week, we're addressing a
procedural question that we get quite
Q: What's the between thepaper
TOEFL and the iBT TOEFL?
A: Well, for one thing, your
institutional paper TOEFL isn't really
designed for college admissions-and
if you plan to use it as such, it's only
accepted at the institution that
administers it. This means UF in our
case, but you cannot depend on your
department accepting it (check with
them to be sure), and you only get
ONE official score. If you need a test
for admission to any other school, then
you must arrange with ETS to take an
As to the substance of the tests, they're
very, very different.
The paper TOEFL has three sections:
Listening, Structure, and Reading. In
the listening section, you cannot take
any notes (it's considered cheating if
you do), and the focus is mainly on
academic English. We do not have a
writing section on our Institutional
On the iBT, there is no Structure
section. You have Listening, Speaking
(yes, they actually record your voice!),
Reading, and Writing. You may take
notes freely. There are two essays-
one is a traditional TOEFL essay, and
the other is a synthesis of a reading and
Getting ahead in a difficult profession
requires avid faith in yourself. That is
why some people with mediocre talent,
but with great inner drive, go much
further than people with vastly superior
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