* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The ELI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, November 14h, we are
holding our next 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 this weekend.
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, November 12th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers. You
should bring waterto each volunteering
Emeritus Retirement Home- Come
give manicures, play piano, go bowling,
and talk with the elderly at Summerville!
Practice speaking English while making
new friends. Meet us at the Cabana
Beach Rental Office at 10am, and we will
return around 2pm.
Neutral Gators Learn about new
green technology and help to retrofit
houses to be more efficient. We will meet
at Norman Garage at 9:30am and return
Downtown Arts Festival Come and
help children be creative with arts and
crafts at the arts festival. We will meet at
the Norman Hall Garage at 8:30am and
return around 1:30pm.
St Francis House-Help us paint and
work on a project to improve homeless
shelters. Be sure to wear clothes that can
get dirty. We will meet at Norman
Garage at 8:30am and return around
Have a great day, everyone!
The ELI Class
picture for Fall, 2009 I
will be taken at the
front of Tigert Hall
on SW 13th Street on Thursday,
November 12th, at 2:45pm. We will walk
over together from Norman Hall at 12:25
from L/S Classes or LA hours. For
classes not in Norman Hall, please gauge
your time to arrive at Tigert Hall by 2:45.
For any and all students not taking
Listening/Speaking classes, as well as all
other teachers, LAs, and any other ELI
personnel who wants to participate, we
very much would like to encourage you
to come and join us for the picture.
We have a very large number of countries
represented among our B-Term Students!
The following is our representation,
based on the countries of students'
Burkina Faso Saudi Arabia
C6te d'Ivoire UAE
> Wednesday, November 25t-ELI
Classes will end at 12:35pm on
Wednesday, November 25th. There
will be no afternoon classes for you
on Wednesday, November 25th (The
day before Tli iil. .;I-; ii-. All other
ELI Classes will meet as normal
on this day.
Our next activity
will be the ELI
20th. Details will
be on the Activities Board and in next
The Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 10
November 13, 2009
The following are the ELI Birthdays for
the period November 13-19:
November 16: Abdulla Al Emadi
November 16: Hye Lin Lee
November 18: Amnah Aldaihani
November 18: Pipat Chusuwanprateep
November 19: Daniela Benaim
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why is it incorrect to call my teacher
A: Every society has different rules and
customs for what to call people in
positions of authority.
In US society, we only address our
teachers as "teacher" when we are very
young children, if at all. Otherwise, we
call our teachers by Mr. or Ms. and the
family name. In college, when many
teachers hold doctoral degrees, we
address them as Dr. or Professor along
with the last name.
Here at the ELI, we do want to foster a
more collegial and team atmosphere.
Most of the teachers here do not have
Doctorates; the Masters is considered the
high degree for teaching ESL. Use of the
first name here is considered a preferred
Q: In my county, I can't J --flops to
school, but here it is obviously common. Why?
A: And you'll find that it's even different
from place to place here in the US.
Fashion and what is/is not acceptable at
school is a very regional thing here. For
example, your Manners Columnist is a
teacher here at the ELI, and I wear shorts
most every day. In some universities in
northern, cooler climates, this would be
very unusual. However, here in
Gainesville, fashion is different because it
follows the warmer weather patterns, and
it's a good thing...because most days, I'd
probably come to class drenched in sweat
The same convention applies to footwear.
Gainesville and a great deal of Florida
(with the exception of some private
schools) just have different rules
regarding the appropriateness of various
Q: When can I use 'get" instead of 'go", as in,
'1get to work," vs. '7go to work"?
A: Rarely, actually. This structure simply
means, "arrive". It's usually used when
we want to indicate that nothing is going
to happen until after the arrival, as in, "I'll
do it as soon as I get to work."
I am where I am because I believe in all
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