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: October 1, 2011
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Highlights Howl O Scream Notes from the Office Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Howl O Scream Have a scary time at Busch Gardens This weekend, we will be going to Busch Gardens for Howl O Scream! Come ride roller coasters and experience Halloween by walking through the scary haunted houses! Get ready to be scared!! WHEN: Saturday, October 8 th The vans will leave Gainesville around 6:00pm and return around 1:30am. COST: $55. The transportation pass is $20 and the Howl O Scream ticket is $35. The tickets are sold out but you can get on the waiting list by talking to Nate between 10:00am and 1:30pm in 318 Norman. Students, if you have already paid but can't go anymore, please t alk to Nate about selling your ticket to someone on the waiting list. The Next Trip Next weekend, we will be here in Gainesville for Paintball! Details will be on the Activities Board and in next Weekly Smoking & Trash Smoking : Remember that there is no smoking ANYWHERE on the UF campus. This means you should not be smoking anywhere on campus, or on the private property surrounding Norman Hall. If you need to smoke, speak to your LAs about places where it might be acceptable. Please res pect the campus rules and regulations, as well as city ordinances. P ut your cigarette butts in a trash can or you can be given an expensive ticket for littering! Trash : The UF campus has trash and recycling bins everywhere. Please use them to keep our ca mpus beautiful. Reminders from the Office Immunizations & Insurance: Remember that if you received a green note from Emily, you need to take care of it immediately P lease see Emily in Norman 316 if you the note Again, i f you have to miss class because of an issue with immunizations or insurance, it counts as an absence. Noise in the hallway : R emember to be courteous of other classes that may be going on and of people working in offices Keep your conversations low and re member to sp eak in English only. Student Mailbox : Remember to check the student mailbox in the main office from time to time. Birthdays The following are ELI Birthdays for the week of October 7 13 plus the one I missed last week. My apologies! Students: October 4: Mansour Alduhaynah October 7: German Perez Gonzalez October 11: Hyungjun Park October 12 : Abdulaziz Alotaibi October 12: Adriana Rabottini Garcia Staff: None this week! Happy Birthday, one and all! The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 116, Issue 5 October 1, 2011


Manners and Culture Q: Why is the eagl e the national bird of the US ? 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: 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 ce study here in the US or have much interaction with native speakers of English. But in everyday use, newspaper and magazine articles, and in most any social interaction you have with n ative speakers, slang and idiom and colloquial English will be necessary parts of your daily communication. religion in a public setting? I think it prevents forming sound public opinion. ig difference, though, between a public setting and a social setting. This is a very diverse country with a huge number of religious and political beliefs some very passionate. Culturally, we have an understanding that in social settings, especially more formal ones about things that might provoke loud disagreement and hurt feelings. This is not to say, however, that we never talk about these things at all. When people have less social distance and they know each other well, there may be some pretty spirited political discussion. And, in settings where appropriate, such as at church, mosque, temple, or similar venues, there can be a great deal of discussion about religion. For folks like ELI students, who are trying to feel their way through the culture from a fresh perspective, there is also the social convention of asking sk you about this, however, it is considered very rude to a) express strong disagreement with whatever the person answers, and b) to become visibly hurt or upset if they choose not to discuss it at all. Grammar Q : What he difference between the present perfect and the present perfect progressive? A: Some verbs can mean the same thing in the present perfect and the present perfect progressive These are verbs of habitual activities. I have worn glasses since 2001. I have been wearing glasses since 2001. For other verbs, it depends on the context. Use the present perfect for something that happened at an unspecified time in the past. Use the present perfect progressive for something that is still happening. You can also use the present perfect progressive for actions that happened in the past but still have some connection to the present. I have seen the movie Dumbo a dozen times and I always cry. I have been watching this movie for the past 30 minutes. My eyes are puffy because I ha ve been crying. Quote of the Week I'm a firm believer in doing things that scare you. Catherine Bell 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