* Notes frm the Ofice
* Notes about the Mreekljl
* Student Voices
T he Ieekv ly Naletter of
the English Langulage Institulte
olumne 113, Issule 1
September 2, 2010
The ELI would like to extend a wann welcome to
all of our students during this busy fist week of the
Fall C, 2010 semester! We want all of you to feel as
comfortable as possible while you are studying with
us here at the ELI. .; I.. ..,1 urgeyou to share
any questions and/or concems that you might have
with your teachers, your Language Assistants, our
staff members or administrators. We are here to
help you. For questions about your I-20 or other
inunigration matters you might experience, our
Admissions Coordinator, Daryl Bish is the person
to talk to. You can find him by making an
appointment to see him in the ELI Main Office,
315 Nonnan. You may also talk to Daqrl about any
special concerns about university or community
college admissions that you might have. For
personal problems and concems, Debbie
Kellermann and Emily Kirby are the people to
see. You can find then in their office, 316
Nonnan. Daryl and Debbie and Emily will do their
best to answer your questions or to point you in the
right direction to someone who can. All of us here
at the ELI hope that you will leam a lot in your
quest to further your English education -- but
retnember to try to have some fun too!
I would like to greet you personally as your EU
WFekly Editor, Todd Allen. I hope you come to
trust the WFee~v to give you the infounation you
need to make your experience here the best
possible. You will receive the WFee~veach week
during your Reading/Writing class. In addition,
each week's WFeei will be posted in the "News"
section of the ELI Homepage at
http: //www.eli.ufl edu/publications.htm.
Oulr Director, Megan Forbes, has a message ofu`elcome
for allof you:
Welcome, new and retuming ELI students.
I am pleased to greet you one and all through this
message, and I look fonvard to meeting each of you
during the semester.
I thank you personally and congratulate you for
being here. It is always difficult to leave family and
friends and go far away from what is familiar to
study a foreign language and spend time with
people we have never seen, from countries far from
our own. We, whose work depends on your
courage and fortitude, appreciate your presence
here. We look fonvard to making your experience
here the very best it can be. We have built
programs and prepared guidelines designed
specifically for your benefit. They are intended to
maximize the effort you plan to furnish so that your
success and our success willbe one and the same.
By joining the English Language Institute (ELI),
you have become a part of a vibrant team dedicated
to the highest achievements and enthusiastic about
its goals. Our overriding aim is to provide you with
an array of opportunities-in class and outside of
class-- to increase your knowledge of English as an
active and living commnmicative system, to use
linguistic and social interaction for providing you
with practice, to insert you as much as possible into
the local conununity, where English is used
naturally, and to challenge you daily to extend
yourself just a bit more in your English experience.
I am happy to be welcoming you to the ELI tean,
a team dedicated to the success of all of its
members. For a team to succeed, it takes a 100%
effort by everyone involved. You will, we fenrently
hope, take this invitation to heart and give 110% in
all that you do at the ELI. This team effort is
already a regular part of the employees' work,
whose dedication goes unquestioned. These
teachers, language assistants, support staff
members, and administrators enjoy their work for
you, are proud to be at the ELI, and care deeply
about your success.
In the many opportunities taken by students and
employees to express their feelings about this
school, one can find ninnerous superlatives.
Evegrone at the ELI takes great pride in these and
delights in welcoming you, convinced that you will
add yours when the time comes. For now, we
thank you for being here.
Welcome to an experience of a lifetime.
Phone Home -- We have been receiving phone
calls from some concemed folks back home who
have not yet heard whether or not you arrived
safely. If you haven't called home to let your family
know you are here, please try to do it as soon as
Tuition Deadline -- Tuition will be due on
Wednesday, September 8th before 1:30pm. Please
try to pay your tuition before the deadline. For any
questions you have about your tuition, see Karen
Owens in the ELI Main Office, Room 315
Immunization Deadline Proof of
inununizations must be received by Thursday,
September 9" or you will not be allowed to
continue to attend classes. No exceptions.
Turns -- When the office is crowded, please try to
wait your tumn. If everyone is patient, things move
in a swifter and more orderly manner. Everyone
will be seared eventually.
Feeling Sick? -- Please don't call the office for 1-
or 2-day illnesses. You may simply talk to your
teachers when you get back. If however, you are
going to be out for 3 or more days, do call.
Student Mailbox -- Please come to the office
from time to time and check the mailbox for any
mail that you may have received over the last few
weeks. If you are waiting for something and do not
see it, however, you may assume that it has not
come yet, and you will not need to ask in the office.
The FIT CC k
NVewa and returning students alikbe, wae 're glad to see you!
occur during the week. As of this point, we don't
yet have the list of students' birthdays necessary to
begin this cohmnm. We would, however,1like to take
this opportunity to remind students to be sure that
your birthdays are correct with the office.
REMEMBER: in the US, the birth date is written
month/day/year. If you submitted yours as
day/month/year on your founs, then it will appear
wrong in the Wee y. For those of you that this
may happen to, we apologize in advance, but since
we get our printouts ninnerically, and most
countries use the systern of day first, errors are
most likely going to occur from time to time.
For any and all students who would like to see their
work in print and have an extra opportunity to take
something of this experience home with you, we
want to let you know about our student
publication, the EIl Stuldent I oices, edited by Steve
Flocks. This publication is a collection of works
written by you, our students. You may submit
anything of your work that you wish; it will receive
only minimal editing. Past submissions have
included essays, poetry, creative stories, class
projects, and other interesting works on a variety of
topics. If you want to tum something in for
publication, simply give it to your teacher, or e-mal
Steve at sflocks~nf.edu. Inchide your narne and
class on your submission. Teachers, as has now
been done many times in the past, this makes for a
great project for all classes--not just
Reading/Writing. Let's see what you can do!
Once again this semester, the Cultural lnunersion
staff will be holding regular sports and activities
each evening of the week The activities schedule is
currently being worked out. As soon as it's ready, it
will be posted in the "News" section of the ELI
Webpage and the Activities Board outside Room
315. We will also publish the schedule next week
liere in the Weekly.
This week, on Saturday, July 10, we will be enjoying
The Welcome Picnic.
Each week, the ELI WeekFly will inchide a culture
cohunn under the name "Manners and Culture"
and a grammar column under the name
"Grammar". But these columns only work when
you, the students (and even teachers and staff ,
participate. Questions on any topic concermng
American behavior, culture, and manners, we well
as any aspect of grammar are encouraged. While I
cannot guarantee 100% that I willbe able to answer
every single question, I will do my best! So, if you
are wondering about what is correct socially for you
to do, if you see someone doing something that you
find odd, or perhaps even rude, or if you just want
to know something about the culture here in
general, please feel free to ask about it! Ditto if
grammar is making your brain hurt. Teachers and
Language Assistants, this makes a great activity;
entire batches of questions are welcome and
encouraged. And individuals, if you have questions
that you would like to ask and see in print, you may
email then to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or put them
in my mailbox (ELI Office, Room 315, box marked
Allen) anytime the office is open.
The good neighbor looks beyond the extemal
accidents and discems those inner qualities that
make all men hinnan and, therefore, brothers.
Dr. Martin Luther K~ing, Jr.
Class Attendance -- Remember, your attendance
is very, very important. Your teachers are taking
note of both your absences and your tardies in
every class every day.
Fire Drills/Alarms -- Please remember, whenever
you hear a fie alann, whether in Nonnan Hall or in
any other building, you need to leave the building
quickly and quietly. Period. We do have drills
occasionally to ensure that everyone knows what to
do -- but you should never assume that the alann
you hear is only a drill. Getting out in an orderly
and expedient fashion may well save your life.
Also, please note that the thre alanns must never,
ever be pulled by anyone other than building
manageenent un sso ere isdan acta aegny.
away from folks who need them. In additional '
falsely pulling a fire alann is against the law.
Bicycling -- Bicycle safety is very, very important --
and it will be taken very seriously here in
Gainesville and on the UF campus. If you bike, be
sure that you familiarize yourself with the rules of
the road. If you're caught breaking then, in
addition to possible inlunies you unght suffer, it can
result in tickets and fines. Traffic violators on
bicycles are subject to the same fines as violators in
automobiles, ; i ;4 for a moving violation, $104 for
a non-moving violation,:! ;... ;II I:. a violation
specific to bicycle operation.
LosttandeFou d -- If yo loe p ona iens be
box that is usually full of things that people have
left in classrooms and around the ELI. If you find
something that was left behind, be sure to bring it
Sm king -- Absohitely no smoking is allowed on
also illegal to trespass on private property around
the building to smoke. If you have questions about
where it might be appropriate to smoke, please see
your Language Assistants.
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Each week, this section of the Ell Weeklywill list
all of the birthdays for our students and staff that