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The EIT Weekly
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the Englsh Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 10
March 21, 2008
Canoeing on the Santa Fe River
The ELI is going canoeing on the Santa
Fe River! We will rent canoes and float
down the river for approximately 2 hours.
Along the way we can see several of
lorida's famous springs, as well as lots of
birds and wildlife!
WHEN: Saturday, March 22nd. Meet
at Norman Hall Garage at 9:30 AM.
We will likely return to Gainesville
around 3:00 PM.
COST: The cost for renting a canoe
for the trip will be $18-23 per person.
WHAT TO BRING: You should
wear a bathing suit and shoes that can
get wet. Bring a picnic lunch and
water!!! You will not be able to take
this on the river, but you can keep it in
the car. Do not bring any valuables that
could get lost in the river. If you bring
a camera, be sure to put it in a sealed
plastic bag so it won't get wet. Also,
bring sunscreen and a towel!
Next week, on Saturday, March 29th,
our next trip will be our 2nd Volunteer
Day of the Spring Semester.
Details about this activity will be
presented in the volunteer seminar and
will also be on the Activities Board and
in next week's Weekly.
2008 will be
taken on ~
March 25th, at
2:55pm. Students in
Listening/Speaking classes will leave
and walk over together with their
teachers or LAs at 2:45pm. For any
and all students not taking L/S classes,
as well as all other teachers, LAs, and
any other ELI personnel who wants to
participate, we very much would like to
encourage you to come and join us for
> Appointments: Students, when
you receive a note from the office
asking you to make an
appointment to see one of our
administrators, or if you have a
need to see someone, please go to
our receptionist, Scott, in the
main office to make the
appointment rather than going
directly to the administrator. This
allows for time to prepare and have
an adequate amount of time to
discuss whatever issues may be
needed. Please do not expect to
walk in to the office and speak to
an administrator right away.
> Lost and Found: If you should
lose something in the classrooms
or elsewhere at the ELI, do come
and check to see if it has been
turned in in the Main Office,
Room 315. Also, if you find
something in the classrooms that
got left behind, this is the place to
The following are ELI birthdays from
Sun Young Choi
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
The following are the countries and
places represented by our students in
our new B-Term:
Burkina Faso Saudi Arabia
Q: Why do all the clubs close at 2am?
A: Well, the official reason is that it's
supposed to get people off the streets
earlier. In practice, there's a lot of
debate as to just how effective this is.
Some people feel that it really doesn't
matter what time the bars close-
you're just as likely to have drunk
people on the road no matter what.
Gainesville is not the only place in
Florida with 2am closing times; even
places as large as Orlando also do this!
Q: Why do students in the US call teachers
by theirfirst names? In my county, this is
A: Most of us don't. It really depends
in most cases on the personal
preferences of the professors. In a
regular university class, we usually use
"Doctor" or "Professor" plus the
person's last name. Or, if they don't
have a PhD degree, we might use
"Mr." or I .". At the ELI, though,
we are a little less formal-on purpose.
We try to foster a more conversational
environment in order to get students
Q: How can figure out the sstem for the
stress on sylables?
A: You can't. There isn't one. I know
that's a horribly frustrating answer, but
English just doesn't have a
standardized system for syllable stress
or for spelling. If you're used to using
rules to make sense of language, this is
one area that will drive you the craziest
(some others are phrasal verbs and
gerunds vs. infinitives) in that it doesn't
have rules that make any logical sense.
While one person hesitates because he
feels inferior, the other is busy making
mistakes and becoming superior.
Henry C Link
UF 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