* Midterm Picnic
* New Course
The EI Weekly
Meet the new ELI Students!
On Saturday, July 7th, we will be
holding our Midterm Picnic. This is
also the Welcome Picnic for the new
B-Term students. All ELI students,
staff, and friends are invited. This will
be a picnic at Broward Beach. There
will be sports, games and great
conversation. It is possible that the
pool will be open, so bring your
bathing suit just in case. There will
also be lots of great food!!!
WHEN: Saturday,July 7th at 11:30
AM. If it is raining call 392-3354
extension 230 after 10:00 AM to see if
the picnic has been moved to Sunday.
Even though this is not a carpool
trip, you must sign up on the
activities board by 4:00 PM on
Thursday, July5th so we know how
much food to order.
WHERE: Behind Broward and
Yulee Halls (Across 13th Street from
COST: This trip is completely
WHAT TO BRING: Wear tennis
shoes and sunblock. Be sure to bring
your bathing suit and a towel in case
the pool is open! We will provide the
food so come hungry!!
> Lost and Found Be sure to
check in the ELI Main Office if
you lose anything in the
classrooms or in the hallways.
The lost and found box is usually
full of interesting stuff
> Bulletin Boards-Students, please
do not post anything on any of
the ELI bulletin boards without
obtaining permission from the
ELI Main Office, Room 315.
Next weekend, we will be holding our
second Volunteer Day of the
semester. Details will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
Folks, we're offering a new Grammar
for Writing Elective from July 16 to
Because there was such a huge
request for a low-level Grammar for
Writing course this semester, we are
offering a short Grammar for Writing
Elective course from July 16 to
August 6. This class is intended for
those students who are interested in
improving their grammar skills so that
they can take grammar for writing in
the Fall semester. Completion of this
course does not guarantee entrance
into the grammar for writing ten-hour
course. This class is open to any
student who wishes to improve
his/her grammar skills.
The deadline to sign up for this class
is July 11. Please sign up with the
receptionist in the main office. A
minimum of six students will be
necessary in order for the course to be
Meeting times: 3:00 to 5:00 Monday
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week ofJuly 6-12:
July 12: Ai Nishikawa
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 103, Issue 7
July 6, 2007
M a n n e s a n u t r
We have some questions! At last!
Q: Are there any in the customs of
thepeople who Rve in the cities and those who
lve in small towns in the US?
A: Sure. Mainly, the differences are
in the way that people interact with
their neighbors and with
businesspeople. In cities, we tend not
to know our neighbors very well, and
we also tend to view strangers more
suspiciously. Businesspeople tend to
be in more of a hurry, and there is less
personal contact. In contrast, in
smaller places, particularly in the
South and in the Midwest of the US,
people tend to know their neighbors
and to have a slower pace of life.
Q: How many -
are there in the US?
A: I assume that you mean what
kinds of divisions of government do
we have. Generally, with only a few
exceptions, we have 4 major divisions.
There is the US Federal Government,
there are 50 individual state
governments, each state is divided
into counties (except Louisiana-
they're called parishes there), and
within the counties we have city
governments, too. The US also has
territories (such as Puerto Rico,
Guam, American Samoa, and the US
Virgin Islands) that work a little bit
differently from the states.
Q: Why does the US have such a big army?
A: Because we can. I realize that that
sounds arrogant, but it's a basic
reality. There are many different
political forces that support the US
having a strong military, and it's
traditionally a large chunk of the
annual budget. Consider, however,
that the annual US military
expenditure of over 500 billion dollars
is only about 4" .. of the US GDP!
Fight for your opinions, but do not
believe that they contain the whole
truth, or the only truth.
Charles A. Dana
FU English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744