ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00089998/00220
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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Publisher: English Language Institute
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: November 11, 2011
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Highlights Volunteer Day Class Photo Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Volunteer Day Help others while helping yourself! This Saturday, November 12 th we are holding our next Volunteer Day of the fall 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 a ctivities going on this weekend. We will meet at different times. S tudents, language assistants, teachers, and staff will meet at the Norman Hall Garage and ca rpool to the different sites. Please sign up on the Activities Board for your choice of activity by 4pm on Thursday, November 10 th There is no cost to volunteer. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. You should bring water to each volunteering activit y Downtown Arts Festival : 8:30 am 1:30pm Come and help children be creative with arts and crafts at the arts festival. Gainesville Rabbit Rescue : 9:30 am 11:30 am. Do you like rabbits? Help g room rabbits, clean their cages, and replac e rugs. Emeritus Retirement Home : 9:30 am 12:00pm. Come give manicures, play piano, go bowling, and talk with the elderly! Practice speaking English while making new friends Alachua County Humane Society : 9:30 am 12:30 pm. Attend a cat handling orientation and take care of cats as well as help out at the Thrift Store Wilmot Gardens : 12:30 pm 5:00pm Do v arious gardening activities to help restore the Wilmot Gardens at Shands. Patients and visitors will be able to sit outside to heal and recover. Project Downtown Gainesville : 12:30 pm 2:00pm Prepare and serve food to the homeless. Have a great day, everyone! Class Photo The ELI Class p icture for Fall, 20 1 1 will be taken in the Reitz Union Amphitheater on Tuesday, November 15 th at 1:45pm between L/S classes We will walk ove r together from L/S Classes or LA hours. Please gauge your ti me to arrive at the Amphitheater by 1 :4 0 For any and all students not taking Listening/Speaking classes, as well as all other teachers, LAs, and any other ELI personnel who wants to participate, we very much would like to encourage you to come and join us for the picture. The Next Trip Next weekend, on Friday, November 1 8 th we will be holding our Thanksgiving Potluck Details will be on the Activities Board and in the next i ssue of The ELI Weekly Notes from the Office Parking & Towing : Quite a number of students have been getting tickets for parking on the street near Norman Hall. Paying a fine is not the only possible outcome: these cars risk being towed as well greener for the environment. Food & Drinks : Remember f ood and drinks in the classrooms at the ELI and UF are strictly prohibited. Only water is allowed in the classrooms. Veterans Day: Friday, November 11 th is a holiday. There will be no ELI classes and the ELI Main Office will be closed on this day Thanksgiving Holiday: Thursday, November 24 th is Thanksgiving There will be no ELI classes and t he ELI Main Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Classes will meet as normal on Wednesday. The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 116, Issue 10 November 11, 2011


Attendance Emails emails. For those that already signed up to get the emails, we apologize ; we had a problem with the website so y to sign up again. G o to http://www.eli.ufl.edu/email/inputEmail Form.htm In order to receive the emails you must have your UF Student ID number and a Gatorlink email address. Birthdays The following are the ELI Birthdays for the period November 11 17 : Students: November 11: Maria Bustillos Brito November 12: Dan Zhou November 12: Chih An Chen November 15: Saad Alghamdi November 15: Catherine Tou November 16: Ahmed Aloraini November 16: Daniel Gomez Staff: November 13: Robert Roberg November 15: Dilienny Urbina Hurtado Novemb er 17: Julie Dickson Happy Birthday, one and all! Manners and Culture Q: Why is it incorrect to call my teacher A: strange using the word teacher When we are in elementary and high school, we call our teachers Mrs. Ms. o r Mister plus family name. When we get to college, we call them Dr. or Professor Family name. Some professors encourage you to call them by their first names because they consider the students colleagues. This is especially true in graduate school. Here are the ELI, we try to foster a sense trying to get you comfortable using American customs (such as calling people by their first names). So if your teachers ask you repeatedly to call them by t heir first name, it is more respectful to do that, than to call them teacher Grammar Q: to me A: When speaking, we tend to use the i t really emphasizes the recipient. Send me the file. [No emphasis] Send the file to me [Me is emphasized] Q: articles. Are there more rules to follow? A: or mastering a new language, everything takes practice. But there are more guidelines. As a reminder, the most important rule is that all singular nouns need articles (with some exceptions) The difference between u sing a/an and using the depends on whether the object is specific, and new or old information. member of a group or if there is only one of it. a ; if there is only one of it in th e world, it uses the Look at the examples below, and decide whether they should take a/an, the or nothing. I had __ dog when I was __ little girl. She was __ good dog but she loved to howl at __ moon. When we moved, __ dog ran away from __ home. I cried for __ week. Quote of the Week No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop 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