The Wee~v~l`ewsletter oJ
the Eng~l, L6ngzlage Institzlte
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S~tember 24, 2010
This Saturday, September 25th, we are
holding our first Volunteer Day of
the fall tenn. 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 23d.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
Alachua Animals--Come walk,
bathe, and play with cats and dogs at
Alachua Animal Service Meet at the
Nonnan Garage at 10)am. We will
retum 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 2pm and return
Angel Food Ministries-- Come
assist in collecting, packaging and
distributing food for homeless
shelters.. Meet at Nonnan Garage at
8:3t0am, and we will return around
Project Downtown Gainesville--
Help serve lunch to homeless people
alongside other UF students. We will
meet at the Norman Garage at
12:3t0pm and retum around 2:3tUpm.
If you have any questions about any
of the activities, see Ximena in the
CIP Office, Room 318.
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
r Student Mailbox-Don't forget
to check the student mailbox in
the main office from time to
time. There is mail for some
retuming students already.
Remember, everyone! Absolutely no
smoking is allowed on the UF
campus. This includes ALL areas
inside AND outside buildings. Please
remember that it is also illegal to
trespass on private property around
the building to smoke. This includes
the houses and apartments across the
streets from Nonnan Hall. If you
have questions about where it might
be appropriate to smoke, please see
your Language Assistants.
Next weekend, we will be going to
Universal Studios' Halloween
Horror Nights. Details about the
trip will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weekly. Also, if
you would like to go on this trip,
transportation passes will be available
for 9)n (exact cash only) this
Thursday, September 23" rd 01
9:3t0am to 1:3t0pm in the CIP office,
* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Ollice
The El1 Weekly
Help others whde helphrg yourself
Q: I'm interested in manner-s about having
meatr. What shoulld Inot do when Iam
eating with Amerizcans?
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
slr. ust 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 theitsalt, sugar ketchup, etc.
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 specially if it's just because
you don't like a certain food. If your
host asks, it's rude of her/him.
UI English 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
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
9: Why do Amerizcans sit on the tables
wvher-e they eat?
A: It's just not something that we
really think about. It's never really
been something that we have had as a
stroner prohibition in our culture.
Q: Which if corr-ect for- the negative
shorte~ned resbonre formn with "hope"- '7
hope not, or '7 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
9: I "doubles the "n"in the past
tense, wh~y doesn't "open"?
A: Actually, you've found one crazy
spelling point in English that does
have a pattern. In verbs of more than
one syllable, we only double that last
consonant when the stress falls on the
last syllable. In "open" the stress falls
on the "o".
You're only given a little spark of
madness. You mustn't lose it.
None this week!
The following is our aftemoon
activity schedule. Please check the
Activities Board from time to time to
see if there are any changes.
Day/Time Activity Location/Cost
Pool and Rom
7:00 PM (Tsiaad Bnngyour Gator 1
want to playpool
Tuesday Soccer Me tNN
7:00PM (Clay) Fed
Ben andlertys on
Wednesday Coffee Talk AchrR.
7:00 PM (Catn an~d (Bnmeyfr
Toa coffee and food If
Thursday Mi~dtown Mea~crn
8:00 PM (Cassle and Unesrv
Meet at the Reltz
Fnday Gator Nlghts Union
5:45 PM (Raquel) Information Desk.
Free; Bnng UFID
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of September 24-30:
September 25: Carmen Mata
September 27: Mishari Garcia Roca