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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
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: February 27, 2012
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Highlights Spring Break Midterm Picnic Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Spring Break Relax! Enjoy! This coming weekend, Saturday, February 25 th there is no scheduled ELI trip. Just in case you aren't already aware of it, our Spring Break is next week! If you do not yet have any plans for Spring Break, w e have some suggestions for you. If you are staying in Gainesville, there are lots of things to do! If you like nature, check out the Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. And if you like bicycling, there is the Gainesville Hawthorne Rail Trail 15 miles of paved cycling trail that winds through Paynes Prairie and beyond. Also, you can try the Depot Avenue/Waldo Road trail system. Also, Paynes Prairie itself has s ome really nice walking paths and maybe some wild horses and bison, too! If you like museums, there are the Harn Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History, both located on the southwest side of campu s. Each of these provides an afternoon of cultural enjoyment. Check out some of the web links below for some information about traveling or things to do here in Florida. www.visitgainesville.com www.springbreaktravel.com www.daytonabeach.com www.visit florida.com Within an easy day's drive from Gainesville, you will find Atlanta in one direction and Miami in the other, with Savannah, Jacksonville, Cedar Key, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and many other interesting places in between. Here are some goo d Internet resources to help you locate last minute hotel and flight reservations www.travelocity.com www.expedia.com www.orbitz.com. If you really want good bargains and are feeling adventurous, then you can try out Priceline bidding at www.pricelin e.com or blind purchasing on Hotwire at www.hotwire.com. If you're planning on renting a car, then be sure to call all of the companies in town to check on the available rates. P lease remember that missing any classes on the Friday before Spring Break or the Monday after do count toward total absences. Also, remember to get your I 20s signed if you plan on leaving the country. The Next Trip Our next weekend activity will be our Midterm Picnic, which is also our B Term Welcome Picnic on Saturday, March 1 1 th Join us in welcom ing the new Spring B students to the ELI family! All ELI students, staff, and friends are invited. It will be a fun day in the sun to have a picnic at Yulee Pit. There will be sport s, games and great conver sation! When : Saturday, March 11 at 11:30 Where : Broward Beach (Behind Broward and Yulee Halls, across 13th Street from the ELI). What t o Bring : This activity is free. Wear tennis shoes and sun block. We will provide the food, so come hungry!! IMPORTANT: Spring C students need to sign up on the sign up sheet. Everyone is Welcome! Notes from the Office ELI Video Competition : Remember to work on your videos over the break! The deadline is Friday, April 20 th in the CIP Office (Rm 318) Daylig ht Savings : Remember to set your clocks forward an hour on March 11 th If Monday! GRE Preparation The ELI will be offering a GRE Preparation course starting Spring B. This course focuses on the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections of the The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 117, Issue 7 February 27, 2012

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Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students will be familiarized with the format and will do exercises and take regular practice exams to improve test taking strategies. The class is $575 and will be offered Tuesd ays and Thursdays from 5:10 to 7:30, and will start on March 13. Spring C students who are interested and place into levels 50 or 60 in R eading/ W riting should come to the main office and sign up by March 2. T he deadline to drop this class will be Tuesday March 6, at 4:00 pm. Any student who does not drop the class by the deadline will still be responsible for his/her fees. Birthdays The following are ELI birthdays from February 27 to March 6 : Students: February 27: Ali Asiri March 1: Saud Alharbi Marc h 1: Shahir Alruayni March 2: Yousef Alenezi M arch 3 : Lan Luan March 4: Oswaldo Guarenas Manzano March 5: Keun Woo You March 11: Abdulmajeed Alomair March 11: Pablo Arriz Staff: February 27: Seth Dagen March 2: Haydee Britton March 6: Debbie Kellermann Happy Birthday, one and all! Manners and Culture Q: What is the polite action when you first meet people? common among younger Americans, especially in informal settings. Q: What are the best words to welcome someone into your home? Q: If I look at an American for more than 5 seconds, w hy do they say, A: There might be two reasons for this: They are being polite and really saying hello. Or maybe because you are staring at them, they ar e being impolite and making you aware that you are staring at them. Try not to stare at people. Grammar adjective You cannot use in front of a n oun. Correct: All students speak English Correct: Most students ride the bus. Correct: Almost all students take grammar class. Incorrect: Almost students take grammar class. noncount none or that there is much less of something than would normally be expected. I have a little money so I can go out but I I have little money so I minor distinction. Both are preferable in positive statement. Quote of the Week Too much work, too much vacation, too much of any one thing is unsound Walter Annenberg 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