* Horror Nights
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Halloween Horror Nights
Have a scary time at Universal Studios!
This weekend, we will be headed to
Orlando for Universal Studios'
Halloween Horror Nights! Join us
for roller coasters and rides at Islands
of Adventure. Also spend the night
exploring scary haunted houses.
Halloween Horror Nights is a popular
Halloween event. Get ready to be
Saturday, October 2nd. We will meet
at Norman garage at 3:30. We will
have dinner at about 6:30 in Orlando.
After dinner we will go to Halloween
Horror Nights. We will come back to
Gainesville very late, around 2:30am.
Van Pass: '-Y, non-refundable.
FL Resident tickets (with student ID)
for Halloween Horror Nights
When purchased online: :" .4.99 plus
When purchased in Orlando: -4.99
*To purchase tickets online, visit:
We have 6 more van passes left. We
will continue to collect Monday from
10:30-1:30 and Tuesday from 9:30-
1:30 (September 27 and 28) until
they're all gone ,~'i I cash, exact
> Homecoming Holiday- Friday,
October 15th, is a celebration of
UF's Homecoming. There will
be no ELI classes and the ELI
Main Office will be closed on this
> 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.
Next week, on Thursday, October 7th
and Friday, October 8th, the ELI will
have some special visitors. We are
undergoing an accreditation process,
and the representatives from the
national body, the Commission on
English Language Program
Accreditation (CEA) will be here
observing us. They will be talking
with all your teachers, with all the
administrators, and even with some of
you. Also, they will be observing
many of our classes during these two
days. If you have any questions about
what' s going on, please don't hesitate
to ask me (Todd Allen) or one of
your teachers about it.
Next weekend, we will be here in
Gainesville for a Football Party!
Details will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weeky.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 1-7:
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why is the eagle the national bird of the
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 113, Issue 5
October 1, 2010
A: It was chosen mainly for its
positive characteristics. The eagle has
long life, majestic looks, and great
strength. Also, at the time, it was
believed that the bald eagle was native
only to North America. There were
dissenters, though. One of our most
famous early statesmen, Benjamin
Franklin, thought that the turkey
should be our national bird.
Q: Do I have to learn spoken colloquial
expressions? They confuse me.
A: It depends mostly on why you're
learning the language. Sure, if you
plan to sit in your room alone and do
nothing but read textbooks, you can
probably get away without learning
the spoken language and the slang
and colloquial expressions. And, this
is certainly true if you don't plan to
study here in the US or have much
interaction with native speakers of
English. But in everyday use,
including in professors' lectures, in
newspaper and magazine articles, and
in most any social interaction you
have with native speakers, slang and
idiom and colloquial English will be
necessary parts of your daily
Q: What's the between thepresent
perfect and thepresentperfectprogressive?
A: In many cases, there isn't much of
one, particularly when we use verbs
like "work" and "live." The main
differences come when we want to
emphasize the duration of the event
for some reason, such as annoyance
(Where have you been? I've been
waiting for 2 hours!), or if you want to
indicate clearly that the action in the
past influences something in the
present (Your eyes are red. Have you
Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and
leave a trail.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
JFU l English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744