The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 101, Issue 6
October 2, 2006
This Friday, October 6th at 12pm, the University of Florida will be kicking off homecoming weekend
with an amazing spectacle of school spirit-The Homecoming Parade! Gather with your ELI friends at
the Norman Hall Garage at 1 lam and we will walk over together. The parade draws 100,000 people to the
streets of Gainesville, so we need to arrive early to find a space. Be sure to sign up on the activities board
by Thursday at 4pm. You should bring sunscreen, water, and a folding chair (optional).
Homecoming is a tradition for American colleges and universities. It's a weekend for current and former
students to celebrate school spirit with friends and family. At UF, homecoming started in 1923, when the
University President decided to create an event for students' fathers before a football game. It was called
Dad's Day. Eventually, Dad's Day evolved into Homecoming and Gator Growl. UF's homecoming is now
the largest student-organized celebration in the country!
This year's Homecoming events include:
> BBQ at the O'Connell Center October 7th, 1pm: Good food, performances by UF cheerleaders,
> Gator Gallop at Pearcy Track Stadium, October 6th, 1 lam-12pm:
A 2-mile walk, run, or skate. Pets are welcome!
SSoulFest Multicultural Extravaganza at Dickinson Hall, October
6th, 6pm 10pm: A celebration of diversity and culture with singing,
dancing poetry, and other forms of artistic expression. t l
Just a reminder: the ELI will be closed this Friday, October 6th, in celebration of Homecoming. Have fun and
Inside this issue:
Homecoming Greetings IBody Language
If you have a question about U.S. manners and culture, please email
our ELI Weekly editor, Jen Ramos, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or put
questions in her mailbox (marked Ramos in the ELI Main Office).
Q: Should I kiss my friends when I say hello if they are girls?
A: The issue of how to greet people is a little confusing here in the
U.S. We don't have one standard form-some people hug, some people
kiss, some shake hands, and others don't like to touch at all upon
greeting. Maybe it's because people come from so many different
cultural backgrounds. In general, however, I would say most of us do
not kiss our friends when saying hello. And if we see each other
everyday, we just say a friendly hi without any contact. We usually hug
and kiss our family members, and give our friends a big hug if we
haven't seen them in a while.
Q: Can you explain some of American body language?
A: I can try. Direct eye-contact, especially when listening to someone,
is considered very polite and a sign of our interest in what is being said.
We wave hello and goodbye with a full open palm moving from side to
side. In general, women cross their legs when seated and men do not
(though I've seen many exceptions to this). I've read that Americans
need 30 inches of "comfort zone" or "personal space" when standing
near someone. Also, most Americans do not like being touched by
people they do not know or don't know well.
Happy birthday to:
Oct. 5: Allison Fischman
Oct. 9: Lok-Hin Choi,
If a man be gracious and
courteous to strangers, it shows
he is a citizen of the world, and
that his heart is no island cut off
from other lands, but a continent
that joins them.
- Sir Francis Bacon
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