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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Publication Date: April 17, 2009
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* Commencement
* Exit Testing


* End-of-Semester Barbecue
* Manners


The FIT Weekly


Commencement
Can you believe it's already here?


Congratulations, everyone. It's been a
long and tough semester, and you
should all be proud of the excellent
work you have done in all of your
classes. This coming week is very busy
with testing and end-of-semester
activities, so please read this issue of the
ELI Weekly carefully to make sure you
know about all of the things you need
to do to wrap up the term. This will be
the last issue of the Weekly for the
Spring Term, 2009.

The ELI Commencement Ceremony
will be held at the Reitz Union Grand
Ballroom on Friday, April 24th, from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. All students
and staff are welcome to attend. You
are encouraged to invite your friends
and relatives as well. Students will
receive their grades and class photos
after the ceremony. Everyone is
encouraged to dress up for the
occasion!




On Thursday, April 23", we will be
giving our exit test. New this
semester: the writing portion of the
test will be given next week, on
Wednesday, April 22nd, in the first hour
of all Reading/Writing classes. If you
are not taking Reading/Writing this
semester, the writing portion of the test


is not required. However, if you wish
to take the Reading/Writing portion of
the exam, then please see Patti as soon
as possible.
There will be no late exams and no
late students admitted to the exams.
All ELI students are required to attend
and take the test in order to receive a
certificate of completion from the ELI.
Please remember to be on time. If
you arrive late to the test, you will not
be permitted to take it, and you will not
receive a certificate of completion from
the ELI. The schedule is as follows;
sections refer to Reading/Writing
classes:

Thursday, April 23rd
8:15-9:45am:
Room 270 NRN: Sections 10, 20
Room 278 NRN: Sections 30, 31
Room 288 NRN: Sections 40, 41

10:30am-12noon:
Room 270 NRN: Sections 42, 50, 51
Room 278 NRN: Sections 1, 2
Room 288 NRN: Sections 60, 3, and
part-time students not taking R/W

^ W^e^^ e T


This Saturday, April 18th, we are
holding our End of Semester
Barbecue at Ginnie Springs!


WHAT: Food, soccer, swimming,
tubing, volleyball, and much more! All
at beautiful Ginnie Springs. Lunch will
be catered by Sonny's Barbecue and
will be served around 12:30 PM.

WHEN: Saturday, April 18th. We will
meet at Norman Garage at 11:00 AM.
You can come back to Gainesville
whenever your car chooses to return,
probably around 4 PM.

COST: Entrance into the park is
$10.00 plus tax (this is a discount!!!) and
the barbecue is FREE and delicious!
Tube rental is $6 plus tax and we can
share tubes. Canoes can also be rented.

TRANSPORTATION: This is a
carpool trip. Ginnie Springs is about a
45-minute drive from Gainesville. You
MUST SIGN UP on the Activities
Board by 4 PM Thursday, April 16th. f
you are dringyour own car-you must sign up
on the activities board so we can order food for
you!!Also. sign up any friends and family
members thatyou are bringing withyou!

WHAT TO BRING: Wear your bathing
suit and bring a towel!!! Also bring
sunscreen. If you want to rent a tube or
canoe you will also need an ID and credit
card. Most importantly, bring an appetite
for good food and fun!


T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 108, Issue 14
April 17, 2009


Hihlghs












Q: Why do Americans seem so surprised
when someone says hello and touches their
back?

A: We adopted many of our customs
early on from English customs. In
England, as in most of Northern
Europe, there is less physical contact
than there is in much of Mediterranean
Europe. We might give a handshake to
someone we are meeting for the first
time as a sign of respect, but that's
about it for a lot of us. Of course,
when you grow up not being used to
being touched in greetings, it can be
startling when somebody does touch
you.

Q: Why doyou have the electoral sstem
instead of directly electing yourpresident?

A: Wow. You guys really do pay
attention! This is a question that a lot
of Americans are i-l:;n-,too. The
main issue when our country was
created was one of fairness in the
division of the states. The current
electoral system allows for smaller
states (in population) to have a slightly
larger voice within the party system.


Each state gets a number of electors
equal to its representation in Congress.
The number is 2 Senators from each
state, and then Representatives based
on population. And then, in the
election, most of the states give ALL of
the electoral votes to the party that gets
even a simple majority.

Q: Why don'tAmericans try to discover more
about other cultures instead of developing such
ridiculous stereotypes?

A: That's a very good question. The
only answer I have is that, as with so
many habits that many of us consider
negative, it's easier to be complacent
and ignorant.




Q: Why are there so many silent letters in
English words?

A: English is a combination of many
different language influences. One of
the main languages that influenced
English vocabulary and spelling over
the centuries was French. French
arguably has more silent letters than
most Western languages (they kept a lot
of the Latin letters that they stopped
pronouncing). A lot of the words that


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we imported, we didn't make many
changes to; also, we adopted quite a
few spelling patterns from the French
language. English spelling wasn't
actually standardized until the middle of
the 19th Century!





The following are ELI Birthdays for
the period April 17-May 8:

Students:
April 17: Hector Cortes
April 17: Severine Ilboudo
April 18: Yu Cheng Lin
April 26: Seung Hei Cho
April 26: Lucas Machado
April 27: Khalid Aljowaid
April 28: German Perez
April 28: Veronica Perez

Staff:
May 3: Jen Ramos
May 8: Karen Owens




Man invented language to satisfy his
deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin




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