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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: May 27, 2010
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Highlights Volunteer Day Activities Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Volunteer Day Help others while helping yourself! This Saturday, May 2 8 th we are holding our first Volunteer Day of the summer term. 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 this weekend. We will meet at different times. Students, language assistants, teachers, and staff will meet and head to the di fferent sites. Please sign up on the Activities Board for your choice of activity by 4pm on Thursday, May 2 6 th There is no cost to volunteer. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. You should bring water to each volunteering activity Mill Creek Horse Farm Help groom, pet, and fee d retired horses from 8:15am 12 pm. You will not be able to ride the horses. Meet at Norman Garage. Habitat for Humanity Help pain t and add finishing touches to houses built for the poor from 9:15am 12pm Me et at Norman Garage. St. Francis House Prepare and serve lunch to the homeless people of Gainesville from 9:45am 1 pm. Meet at Norman Garage. Project Downtown Gainesville Help serve lunch to the homeless with a UF student organization called P roject D owntown G ainesville from 1 2:30 pm 2:30pm. Meet at Norman Garage Emeritus Play Wii and talk with elderly people from 1: 30 pm 4pm. Meet at Norman Garage North Florida Rehab Center Help residents make arts and crafts projects from 1:30pm 4pm. This is a great event for the whole family to enjoy! Meet at Norman Garage. If you have any questions about any of the activities, see Raquel in the CIP Office, Room 318. Have a great day, everyone! The Next Trip Next weekend, we will be going to Islands of Adventure Details will be on the Activities Board and in next Weekly Want to go? Get your Islands of Adventure tickets online or at the gate. Transportation passes are $20 from Noreen in 318 on Wednesday May 25 from 9:30am to 1:30 pm and Thursday from 9:30am to 12:00pm. You must pay cash, exact change only, and the money is nonrefundable. We have 12 seats available so get your ticket right away! If we do not sell enough tickets, the trip will be CANCELLED! Birthdays Last week, s ome birthdays were missed. We apologize! The following are ELI birthdays from May 20 June 2: Students: May 17 : Fahad Alotaibi May 17: Alberto Muratty Maiti May 17: Viczabeth Marquez May 23: Tariq Alobud May 23: Mariano Correia May 24: Tatiana Velasco B runo May 26: Hyerim Lee May 26: Jassim Al Naama May 26: Jorge Caas Idrogo May 27: Mohammed Albaqami May 27: Muhaysen Naif Alotaibi May 28: Jaber Alshehri June 2: Mohammed Al Marri Staff: None this week! Happy Birthday to one and all! The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 116, Issue 3 May 27, 2010

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Daily Activities The following is our afternoon activity schedule. Please check the Activities Board from time to time to see if there are any changes. Day/Time Activity Location/Cost Monday 7 : 0 0 PM Pool and Bowling ( C J ) Meet in the Reitz Union Game Room. Bring money for games. Tuesday 7:00 PM Soccer ( Noah ) Normal Field Free Wednesday 7:00 PM Coffee Talk ( S andra ) on Archer Rd. Free Bring money for coffee and food if you like. Thursday 7:00 PM Mochi ( Becky ) Mochi on Archer Rd. Free Bring money for a drink if you like. Friday 7 :00 PM Volleyball ( Joanna ) Volleyball courts by Southwest Rec Center Free Note from Daryl Remember! If you would like to make an appointment to speak with Daryl, he will only be available Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays this term. Tuesday and Thursday he will be busy helping new students before they arrive. Manners and Culture Q: What is the polite way to place my knife and fork when I finish my meal? A: On your plate. The arrangement You may also place your napkin beside the but if you just get up in the middle of the meal and come back, leave it on your chair. Q: Why do American Guys n ever kiss each other when they meet? A: Like so many customs related to greeting, ours come from Northern develop the way it did in Southern European and Mediterranean culture. When two American men do kiss as a matter of custom upon meeting, there are multi ple possibilities. If they kiss on the cheek, they probably have some connection to Mediterranean culture (this may be especially true in South Florida). If they kiss on the mouth, as is becoming more common these days, then they may well be a couple. Q : What is the polite fo rm for religion questions? Some times people invite you to go to their church before they know you well. What can you do in this case? A: There is no really polite form for know well. This i s considered a taboo topic in polite American society, as we are a very pluralistic society and religion is a source of potential conflict. That having been said, if you know someone pretty well or they know clearly that you are asking from a cultural poi nt of view, then you may about their religion. Just be aware that there may be a lively discussion. As to the last part of your question, just like anything else, you have a choice. rious and interested, or you can politely decline further explanation required, and you may consider the person rude if they persist. In the case of people officially assigned to you such as conversation or EESEE partne rs, if there is a situation that makes you feel at all uncomfortable, you should please come and talk to Noreen or Roxy as soon as possible. Grammar Q: When can I write in the passive form? A: Y ou may use it when the performer of the action is complet ely unknown or completely obvious and redundant, or if you are in a situation in which you performer of the action. Good passive : The store was robbed. Bad passive : The homework was done by the students. Active: The students did the homework Quote of the Week You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. -Robin Williams 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