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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: April 15, 2011
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Highlights Commencement Exit Testing End of Semester Barbecue Manners T h e ELI Weekly Commencement Congratulations, everyone. It's been a long and tough semester, and you should all be proud of the excellent work you have done in all of your classes. This coming week is very busy with testing and end of semester activities, so please read this issue o f the ELI Weekly carefully to make sure you know about all of the things you need to do to wrap up the term. This will be the last issue of the Weekly for the Spring T erm, 20 1 1 The Spring C Commencement will be held in Room G101 in the Health Profession s Nursing and Pharmacy Building on Friday, April 2 2 nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. All students and staff are welcome to attend. You are encouraged to invite your friends and relatives as well. Students will receive their grades and class photos after the ceremony. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the occasion! Exit Test Schedule On Thursday, April 2 1 st we will be giving our exit test There will be no late exams and no late students admitted to the exams. All ELI students are required to attend and take the test in order to receive a certificate of completion from the ELI. Please remember to be on time. The test is EARLY. Missing the bus and sleeping through your alarm are NOT acceptable excuses. If yo u arrive late to the test, you will not be permitted to take it, and you will not receive a certificate of completion from the ELI. The schedule is as follows; sections r efer to Reading/Writing classes: 8: 15 to 10: 15 CELT 1 & 2: 260 NRN: RW 21, 30, 3 270 NRN: RW 20, 43 278 NRN: RW 40, 41 2 88 NRN: RW 42 31 11:00 to 1 :00 CELT 1 & 2: 260 NRN: RW 50, 52 270 NRN: RW 51, 60, 4 278 NRN: RW 1, 2 2 88 NRN: RW 32, Part time Students not taking RW The Weekend Trip This Saturday, April 1 6 th we are holding our End of Semester Barbecue at Ginnie Springs WHAT: Food swimming, tubing, volleyball, Frisbee, and much more! All at beautiful Ginnie Springs. Lunch will will be served around 12:30 pm WHEN: Saturday, April 1 6 th We will meet at Norman Garage at 1 0 : 3 0 am You can come back to Gainesville whenever your car chooses to return, probably around 4pm COST: Entrance into the park is $10.00 plus tax and the barbecue is FREE and delicious! Tube rental is $6 plus tax and we can share tubes. Canoes can also be rented. TRANSPORTATION: This is a carpool trip. Ginnie Springs is about a 45 minute drive from Gainesville. You MUST SIGN UP on the Activities Board by 4pm Thursday, April 1 4 th If you are driving your own car you must sign up on the activities board so we can order food for you!! Also, sign up any friends and family members that you are bringing with you! WHAT TO BRING: Wear your bathing suit and bring a towel!!! Also bring sunscreen. If you want to rent a tube or canoe you will also need an ID and credit card. Most importantly, bring an appetite for good food and fun! W HAT NOT TO BRING : No Pets. Also please remembe r that there is NO alcohol at ELI events. The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 114, Issue 13 April 15, 2011

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Manners and Culture Q: Why do Americans seem so surprised when someone says hello and touches their back ? A: We adopted many of our customs early on from English customs. In England, as in most of Northern Europe, there is less physical contact than there is in much of Mediterranean Europe. We might give a handshake to someone we are meeting for the first about it for a lot of us. Of course, when you grow up not being used to being touched in greetings, it can be startling when somebody does touch you. Q: A: There are a lot of ideas about this, but the one that seems to have the most credibility is that it comes from a time when furs were used for trading. 1 buckskin (the fur from a male deer) Grammar Q: Why are there so many sil ent letters in English words? A: English is a combination of many different language influences. One of the main languages that influenced English vocabulary and spelling over the centuries was French. French arguably has more silent letters than most Western languages (they kept a lot of the Latin letters that they stopped pronouncing). A lot of the words that changes to; also, we adopted quite a few spelling patterns from the French actually standardized until the middle of the 19 th Century! sentence? Basically, it is used in conversation adding a potential last minute contrast to the ideas that came before. Birthdays The following are ELI Birthdays for the period April 1 5 April 30 : Students: April 1 5: Jea Sum Lee April 22: Khulood Alazwary April 23: Ghanem Al Kazem April 25: Ana Sevarolli April 27: Hyunmin Choi April 29: Wafa Almutairi Staff: April 25: Daryl Bish April 27: Gisele Canova Happy Birthday, one and all! Quote of the Week Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. Lily Tomlin 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