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The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute
On Saturday, July 15th, we will take a trip to world-famous
Daytona Beach to enjoy a day of surf, sun, and sand with your ELI
friends and family! We'll drive to the beach in the morning, and
spend the day swimming in the ocean, sunning, and having lots of
Meet at 8:30 am at the TRiP office on the ground floor of the Reitz
Union. We may return to Gainesville as late as 10:30 pm, although
we might return earlier, depending on how long we want to spend on
Because Daytona Beach is about a two-and-a-half hour drive away,
this is a van trip. That means you must purchase a transportation
pass for $25 at the TRiP Office prior to Saturday. We will go
rain or shine there's plenty to do in Daytona either way.
You should bring money for lunch, dinner, and any shopping you
may want to do in Daytona Beach.
You should also bring a bathing suit,
towel, drinking water, a change of
clothes, and sunscreen. You may also
want to bring snacks, a picnic lunch,
games for the van, magazines or
books to read while you suntan -
anything you can think of to make the trip fun.
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Students who successfully complete
the ELI program may also request a
certificate awarding Continuing
Education Units (CEUs) if they
choose in addition to the regular
ELI certificate. CEUs are granted
by the University of Florida
Division of Continuing Education.
While they do not count toward a
degree at the University of Florida,
they are generally recognized as
proof of completion of a quality
program. In order to receive a
Continuing Education Certificate,
you must also be eligible for an
ELI certificate. That means you
1) Attend 85% of all your classes
2) Receive a passing grade for all
of your classes
3) Take the exit CELT test at the
end of the term
If you would like to receive CEUs
you may pay the $15 fee in the ELI
Main Office (315 Norman) on
Tuesday, June 18th, and
Wednesday, June 19th from 8:30
am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 2:30
pm. Payments are non-refundable.
The office can only accept cash
payments and cannot make change.
Inside this issue:
Daytona Beach Trip I CEUs I Winter Break Dates
Q: Why don't Americans respect old people? In my culture,
older people automatically receive respect.
A: Your question is primarily asking why we don't accord more
respect to old people than to others in our society. To some extent,
we do. Older people do have certain automatic privileges accorded
to them and we do tend to give them more benefit of the doubt in
many situations. But not as many as in some other cultures. The
reason is primarily that we place a very high value on individuality
in this culture; this value translates to respect for what you have
accomplished and not quite as automatically to respect for just what
characteristics you might possess.
Q: Why do bars and clubs close so early here?
A: A very, very common question not only from ELI students but
from the public at large. Alcohol laws vary greatly depending on
the location. It's not just Gainesville; even cities as large as
Orlando have 2 am closings. The City Council in Gainesville
decided that it was better to have clubs close earlier, ostensibly so
that there would be fewer people on the roads who were drunk.
There is still a great deal of debate about whether or not this
actually has made a difference.
Some students are
already making their
plans to fly to their
home countries on
Winter Break. It may
help to know that, for the Fall
semesters, the TOEFL will be offered
on Wednesday, December 6th. The
exit test, which is required of all
students, is on Thursday, December
14th. Commencement is on Friday,
December 15th. You can find all the
important dates for the upcoming
semester at the ELI Web site, under
"Calendar and Tuition Fees".
Belated birthday wishes to:
July 8: Chia-Wen Wu
July 10: Viviane Araujo
Happy birthday wishes this week to:
July 15: Hyung Min Yoon
Thanks for your input! Ifyou have a question about U.S. manners
and culture, please email our ELI Weekly editor, Nora Spencer, at
email@example.com, or put questions in her mailbox (marked
Spencer in the ELI Main Office).
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744