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the English Language Institute
Volume 109, Issue 4
May 29, 2009
Islands of Adventure
Theme Park Fun
This Saturday, May 30th the ELI is
headed to Islands of Adventure
Theme Park at the Universal Studios
Orlando Resort. Islands of
Adventure is a wonderful world of
fantasy with many different thrilling
rides and attractions.
When: Saturday, May 30th. Meet at
the Norman Hall Garage at 9am.. We
will return to Gainesville around
What to Bring: Money for food,
walking shoes, sunscreen, and a
passion for roller coasters!
Want to go? Get your tickets online
or at the gate. Transportation passes
are $18 from Sonja in the main office
on Wednesday May 27 or Thursday
May 28 from 8:00 am to 1:30 am.
You must pay in cash, exact
change only, and the money is
non-refundable. Islands of
Adventure ticket are 4' '.00 + tax.
***** We have 12 seats on the vans,
so get your ticket right away! If we do
not sell enough tickets, the trip will be
r Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are
taking note of both your absences
and your tardies in every class
> Student Mailbox-Don't forget
to check the student mailbox in
the main office from time to
time. There is mail for some
returning students already.
v Rec Centers-There is
occasionally some confusion as to
what recreational facilities ELI
students may use. ELI students
can use the pools, Lake Wauburg,
Florida Gym, O'Connell Center
weight rooms, and other outdoor
fields and courts by showing their
Gator-1 card. ELI students must
purchase a recreation
membership at the faculty, staff
and affiliate rate in order to have
access to the Student Recreation
& Fitness Center, Southwest
Recreation Center and the
Broward Outdoor Recreation
Center. Recreation memberships
may be purchased at the
southwest rec center.
The ELI Cultural Immersion
Program (CIP) is now in the
blogosphere! To find out about ELI
afternoon and weekend activities,
including last minute updates, visit
our blog at
You can also give us feedback on our
activities, send us photos that you
would like to share with everyone in
the ELI, or even send us information
about your own activities. We cannot
guarantee that we will post everyone's
information, but if we can, we will.
Thank you for helping us to make the
CIP the best it can be!
Next weekend, we will be going
Tubing on the Ichetucknee River.
Details about the trip will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of May 29-June 4:
May 30: Lazare Traore Nignan
None this week!
Q: Why doesn't the ELI use whiteboards
instead of. *:',.:/ ? There are so many
advantages-and they don't cause ... .
A: I agree. I hate chalk dust-it
makes me sneeze, too.
Really, there are several very good
reasons. The main one is that we
probably aren't going to make any
major changes to our facilities for a
while. There has been a bit of
uncertainty for a few years about
whether or not the ELI will be able to
keep its space in Norman Hall. One
thing that we are changing in the
(hopefully!) not-too-distant future is
new carpeting. But overall, things like
whiteboards represent a major capital
investment. Chalk is a lot less of an
investment for now!
Q: Can I say ." to everyone I meet? In
my country, we don't do this.
A: We don't do it in a lot of the US,
but it is very common in the Southern
US in particular. Gainesville is
definitely in the Southern US!
Though you probably will say "hi" or
"hey" rather than "hello"-we rarely
use "hello" except in formal situations
or in answering the telephone.
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: Can you tell me how to greet
people in a group of different ages in
We don't make age distinctions in
English the way that some languages
Q: Some of my classmates don't use
deodorant and the classroom smells strong
sometimes. Is it okay if I tell them?
A: No, but it's okay if I do here.
Folks, this is always something of a
problem for us, given the
multicultural nature of the ELI and
the fact that deodorant use isn't
common in some countries, while it's
very common or even basically
socially required in others. Here in
the US, we do have people who
actively protest and get quite angry
when people indicate that they might
benefit from the use of deodorant,
but even a great majority of us do use
it, too. If you come from a culture
that doesn't use it, please be aware
that you probably smell pretty strong
to your classmates and maybe even
some of your teachers. If you are
aware and you don't want to do
anything about it, that's your right, of
course, but people are probably
talking about it.
Q: How do I answer tag questions? That
is, ifsomeone says, '"t's hot, isn't it?" do I
answer with positive or a negative if it is
A: A common point of confusion!
You agree with the original statement.
So, in the case you gave, the answer
would be 'Yes."
Q: How can I use "say", "tell", and
A: Say something (to someone), tell
someone (something), tell the truth,
tell a story, speak to someone, and
speak a language.
When you cannot get a compliment
any other way, pay yourself one.
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UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744