Title: 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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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: February 23, 2007
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* Midterms
* Notes from the Office

The EIT Weekly

No trip this week, folks!

This coming weekend, Saturday, February
24th, there is no scheduled ELI trip. We
have this break from trips because many
ELI classes will be having Midterm
Exams next week, and we want to give
you plenty of time to study. Our next trip
will be on Saturday, March 3d, to the I-
75 Super Flea Market. Details will be
on the Activities Board and in next
week's Weekly.

> Student Mail-There is quite a bit
of mail in the student mailbox. It's
the smoke-colored (not black, as
previously reported) tray immediately
to the right of the door to the ELI
Main Office, Room 315. Be sure to
check from time to time to see if you
have anything in!
> Lost and found-If you are missing
any items, or if you find anything in
the classroom that obviously belongs
to someone, we do keep a lost and
found box in the Main Office.
> Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are taking
note of both your absences and your
tardies in every class every day.
Many students are already having
some issues with absence; if you're
not sure of your absences, you

should check with your teachers to
make sure you're not going over the

The following are ELI Birthdays for the
week of February 23-March 1:

None this week!

February 26: Channelle Strammer

Q: Why are the books changed every semester?
Who decides what books to use? If the teacher
doesn't use the book, why do we have to buy it?

A: Goodness! What an interesting bunch
of questions. Well, Patti (our Assistant
Director and Academic Coordinator) is
the ultimate voice in choosing the books
that we use. She gets reviews from the
teachers each semester, and she also
consults with Noreen for
Listening/Speaking books and with me
for Reading/Writing and Grammar
books. We have to change the books
every semester because there is often a
chance that a student may repeat a
level-this is particularly true at our

lowest and highest levels. Now, as to
your last question...we do have to
supplement books in most cases. It
would be rather dull and uninteresting to
use nothing but the book all the time in
most classes. Teachers are, however,
supposed to be using the books at least
some on a regular basis.

Q: Why is Thanksgiing Day so important to
American people?

A: Most cultures have their big family
holidays, and this one is ours. In this
country, with so many religions and
cultures mixed together, Thanksgiving is
the one true feast day which is simply
American. It's just a day that's set aside
to reflect on the good things in our lives.
One doesn't have to belong to any one
cultural group or religious background to
enjoy it. This fact definitely shows up in
our annual travel habits. More people fly,
take trains or buses, or drive to be with
family during this holiday than any other
in the US. We even feel that it is
important here at the ELI...every year,
we have a Thanksgiving celebration with
our ELI family, in which everyone brings
some food to share, and we give thanks
for all of our wonderful ELI friends.

Q: Why isn't there a schedule or itinerary for
student progression?

* Birthdays
* Manners

The Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 102, Issue 7
February 23, 2007

Highlights I

A: There is. But it's based on what
students are capable of producing and
understanding...not on artificial time
constraints or social promotion.
Language learning is a process that
requires hard work and dedication on the
part of the student; sitting in class and
saying that you've done that already does
not mean anything if you can't apply it.
We can't open your heads and pour in
language or take a big hypodermic and
inject you with language on some sort of
schedule. You folks are human beings-
not robots. There are no shortcuts.

Q: How many international students study at

A: According to the UF International
Center, exactly 3,921.

Q: What is the traditionalfood in the US?

A: This country is so large and diverse
with so many cultural backgrounds and
traditions that there really is no one single
American food. Sure, fast food was
started here, but that is only about 60
years old. We do have lots of regional
cuisines. There is a tradition of
wonderful seafood dishes in the
Northeast, for example. In the South, we
have lots of dishes that have been handed

down for generations; fried chicken is
pretty much a southern invention. New
Orleans, Texas, San Francisco, Chicago,
and New York are all famous for certain
dishes that combine old and new and
some international traditions. One thread
that does seem pretty common in
American (and in most European) cuisine
is that we do seem to eat a lot of bread
with our meals.

The following are 2 very closely related
questions with one answer:

Q: Why do American people leave their families
at 18?

Q: Why aren'tAmerican people close to their

A: We are close to our families. It's just
that our definitions of how to show it and
the things that are important to us in how
we live our lives are different from many
other cultures. In the American psyche,
one of the principal values held is a fierce
devotion to independence and
individuality. This is reflected, obviously,
in how we conduct our lives once it's
time to leave the nest. We have a drive
and a need to establish ourselves as
individual contributing members of
society; this means, to many of us,

establishing an identity separate from our
parents and from our siblings. This does
not mean that we do not love these
people--or that we don't want to spend
time with them or be around them--just
look at the airline schedules and prices on
Thanksgiving (the biggest family holiday
of the year). We talk to our families, share
our thoughts and dreams and
accomplishments, and generally have a
good time with them. Just not all the

Q: Why do the lbray people assume thatyou
know everything about checking out books, using
the computer, etc.?

A: That's pretty much how our
educational system works in general.
People assume you know a lot unless you
ask questions and tell them that you
don't. The folks in the library are very
glad to help you whenever you have any

Real integrity is doing the right thing,
knowing that nobody's going to know
whether you did it or not.
--Oprah Winfrey

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