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 22, 2008
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* Midterms
* Notes from the Office

The EIT Weekly

No tri this week, folks!

This coming weekend, Saturday, February
23rd, 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 1st, for Rock
Climbing. Details will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's

> Student Mail-There is quite a bit
of mail in the student mailbox. It's
the smoke-colored 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
> Student Immunization Records-
Students, if you gave us original
immunization forms at the beginning
of the semester, please remember to
pick them up in the main office.
We've been holding many of them
since check-in.

We have revised our afternoon activities
schedule; remember always, though, to
check the Activities Board for any

Activity Date Location
Meet at
Volleyball Monday Norman Garage
Kathy 4:30 pm. Free
Bring UF ID

Meet at
Pool and a
BPoolan Tuesday Norman Garage
Bowlmg 4:30 pm. BnngUF-ID
and about $5
Meet at the
Coffee Talk
Max and Wednesday Orange and Brew
Heather 7:00 pm. Bring Money for
Ultme Meet at Norman
Fnsbee wlth
isbee wth Thursday Field
Josh F 8:00pm Free

Meet at Norman
Soccer Thursday a ae
David 4:30pm GaFree

Meet at the Reitz
Gator Nights Fnday Union
Jon and Information Desk
Jessica 6:00 Free
Bnng UF ID

The following are ELI Birthdays for the
week of February 22-28:

February 25:
February 25:
February 28:

February 26:
February 28:
February 28:

Roxane Boardaries
Suk Gun Hong
Kyeong Mee Kim

Channelle Strammer
Heeral Chibber
Sneha Patel

Happy Birthday, one and all!

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

A: There is. But it's based on what
students are capable of producing and

* Birthdays
* Manners

T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 7
February 22, 2008

Highlights I

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: 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: What's the
Used to"?

Between "used to" and

One is a modal, and the other is a phrasal
verb expression. The expression "used
to" is a modal that means, "did for a
period of time in the past but not
anymore". It's used only with the base
form of a verb, as in, "I used to travel to
Disney World every weekend." The
other expression, "be used to" means,
"accustomed to" or "comfortable with".
It's used for something current-that is,
something that we feel like we can easily
do and we don't mind doing it. "I am
used to traveling to Disney World every
weekend. I can't imagine going anywhere

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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