* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The FJ I Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, September 26th, we are
holding our first Volunteer Day of
the fall 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
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, teachers,
and staff will meet and head to the
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, September 24th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
Gator Plunge-Volunteer alongside
other folks from the UF community
and work with animals, art, culture,
youth, elderly, environment,
homelessness, and housing! Meet at
the Century Tower at 8am. We will
return around 1pm.
Emeritus- Come and serve ice
cream, bowl, and talk with senior
citizens. This is a great way to practice
your English and have a wonderful
time! We will meet at the Cabana
Beach rental office at 12:45pm and
return around 3pm.
Fishing for Success-Catch and
release fish and help with the
children's fishing competition. Meet
at Norman Garage at 7:45am, and we
will return around 12noon.
Blue House-Help with gardening
and learn about being sustainable.
Meet at Norman Garage at 8:45am,
and we will return around 12noon.
Project Downtown Gainesville--
Help serve lunch to homeless people
alongside other UF students. We will
meet at the Norman Garage at
12:45pm and return around 2:30pm.
If you have any questions about any
of the activities, see Nate in the CIP
Office, Room 318.
Have a great day, everyone!
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.
> TOEFL Scores--Students who
had TOEFL scores sent to the main
office can pick them up. These
scores are only official as far as UF
departments are concerned if they
remain sealed in the envelope.
Now that the libraries have a new
copier contract, it will require all UF
people, including ELI students, to
open a Vending account with
Gatorlink and add a minimum of $15.
In order to print or copy anything in
the library, everyone will need to use
their Gatorlink User IDs and have an
activated Vending Account.
Next weekend, we will be going to
play Paintball. Details about the trip
will be on the Activities Board and in
next week's Weekly.
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 3
September 25, 2009
The following is our afternoon
activity schedule. Please check the
Activities Board from time to time to
see if there are any changes.
Day/Time Activity Location/Cost
Meet at the Reitz
Game Night Union Games
Monday bowling Bring your Gator 1
board games) ID
(Farrah) Bnng$5-10 ifyou
Tu y Soccer Meet at NRN
7:30 PM (Alexnd/J Field
Wednesday Coffee Talk Free
(Allison) (Bnngmoney for
coffee and food if
Thursday Yogurberry Yo htlery (Nex
8:00 PM Emly) to Chpotle) on
8:00 PM mily) University Ave
Meet at the Reitz
Fday Gator Nights Union
6:00 PM jonatt/ Information Desk.
Free; Bring UF ID
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of September 25-Ocbober
September 29: Arnold Rojas
October 1: Haifa Al All
None this week!
Q: I'm interested in manners about having
meatl. What should I not do when I am
eating with Americans?
A: Oh, goodness, there are entire
etiquette books with half of their
chapters dedicated to mealtime
etiquette! There are a few general
1. Don't make noises with your food.
When eating soup, for example, don't
slurp. Just put the spoon in your
mouth and eat quietly.
2. Talking during a meal is fine, but
don't talk with your mouth full. Wait
until you swallow.
3. Don't eat foods with your fingers
that aren't designed for it.
Hamburgers and sandwiches and
chips are fine, but most other foods
(unless you are actually eating at a
fast-food restaurant) should be eaten
4. It's okay to offer to share your
food if you want to, but we generally
don't ask to try something that's on
someone else's plate.
5. Don't reach across someone else
to get the salt, sugar, ketchup, etc.
Ask that it be passed to you.
6. It's fine to refuse a food if you
can't eat it-be it for dietary reasons
or religious reasons or whatever. You
don't have to explain why. In fact, to
do so extensively is considered bad
form-especially if it's just because
you don't like a certain food. If your
host asks, it's rude of her/him.
7. Don't burp at the table. While it's
considered a sign that the food was
good in some cultures, to us, it's very
Q: Which is correct for the negative
shortened response form with "hope"
hope not, "or '" don't hope so."?
A: You've noticed that we're not
consistent. With "hope" the correct
form is "I hope not." However, for
example, with "think", it's "I don't
You're only given a little spark of
madness. You mustn't lose it.
SEnglish Language Institute
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