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ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Language: English
Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Publisher: English Language Institute
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: February 4, 2011
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Highlights Busch Gardens Notes from the Office Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Busch Gardens Theme Park Fun! Busch Gardens is a theme park in Tampa. It is famous for its roller coasters and its wild animals. Among has two 90 degree angle drops making it the first coaster of its kind in the Americas and only the third in the world. This is one of the most miss it! For more information visit their website at www.buschga rdens.com WHEN: Saturday, February 5 th We will meet at the Norman Hall garage at 9: 3 0 am The park will be open until 10:00 pm Depending on the group decision, we may return to Gainesville as late as 12:00 midnight We will go rain or shine. T RANSPORTATION: This is a van trip so you must have already purchased a pass from the CIP. COST: The cost of transportation is $20 for a seat in the van. Busch Gardens admission tickets for Florida residents are $ 77.99. Bring your Gator 1 card or license to prove that you are a Florida resident. You can buy your admission ticket to Busch Gardens now and use it as many times as you want until December 31, 201 1 Bring money for food and souvenirs. Notes from the Office 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. Student Mailbox to check the student mailbox in the main office from time to time. T here is mail for some returning students already. ELI T Shirts -everyone (students, teachers, and staff alike!), we are selling ELI T Shirts for only $10 (exact change only). To purchase yours, just see Sonja in the main office any day befor e 1:30pm. Get yours today! Stair Sitting The ELI has received a request to ask you to please not block the small sets of stairs in front of 331 as it could be a safety hazard. Please try to avoid sitting on these stairs and, if you are sitting on them w hen someone needs to pass, please move out of the way. Thanks for your help with this! Correction It has been brought to our attention that when we published the names of countries and areas represented at the ELI week before last, we inadvertently left out Iraq We regret the error! Gatorlink Accounts communicate with stude nts quickly and efficiently, all students are required to open a UF Gatorlink email account. This is important for two main reasons: 1. All communication from ELI teachers and administration will be sent to your UF Gatorlink account. The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 11 4 Issue 4 February 4, 2011

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2. In order to use the UF computer labs, you must open a Gatorlink account. It will be important for you to check your email account regularly. To open a Gatorlink account, you will need to follow these steps: 1. Pay tuition and be issued a UFID number f rom the ELI main office. 2. Get your UFID card from Gator 1 Central located in Room G071 in the welcome center at the J.W. Reitz Union 3. Go online Navigate to http://my.ufl.edu and click on Gatorlink Account Creation to create your account. Or Go in person The UF Computing Help desk can help you create your Gatorlink ID. Please bring your Gator 1 card. The Next Trip Next weekend, on Saturday February 12 th we will be holding a Day Party Details about the party will be on the Activities Board and in Weekly Birthdays The following are ELI Birthdays for the week of February 4 10 : Students: February 4: Mohammad Jassam February 5: Jee Yun Khu February 7: Abdullah Albahouth February 7: Abdullah Ashkanani Staff: February 4: Scott Challgren Happy Birthday, one and all! Manners and Culture Q: Why are American people so quiet all of the time? A: Depends on your perspective. For people from some cultures, such as the Latino or Arab cultures, we are relatively quiet. For people of other cultures, such as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, we talk quite a bit. Q: A: Both are perfectly acceptable. Q: When someone invites you to an A merican house w hat is the best way to be polite with the ho sts? A: By showing up on time. Unlike many other cultures, when we give a time for you to come to our house, that is actually the time that we expect you. Also, you may take a small gift, such as chocolate, flowers, or ( only if you know your hosts drink alcohol ) wine. This part is not required, expected. Q: Can you tell me how to greet people in a group of different ages in the US? We English the way that some languages do. Grammar Q: A: There is no difference in meaning used much in negative statements or writing. Both of them mean that something is advisable, but you have a have a choice. of story. We use the definite article in front of countries that represent groups, as well as republics and we used to sa Quote of the Week Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about. -Benjamin Lee Whorf English Language Institute PO Box 117051 315 Norman Hall Gainesville, FL 32611 7051, USA Phone: (352) 392 2070 Fax: (352) 392 3744 Email: StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu Webpage: www.eli.ufl.edu