* Midterm Picnic
* Notes from the Office
The EU Weekly
0 Midterm Picnic
P Meet the new ELI Students!
On Saturday, June 28th, 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 across the street at
Broward Beach. There will be sports,
games and great conversation.
WHEN: Saturday, June 28th 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, June 191 so we know
how much food to order. Please
also sign up your family and
friends that you plan to bring!
WHERE: Behind Broward and
Yulee Halls (Across 13th Street from
COST: This trip is completely
WHAT TO BRING: Wear tennis
shoes and sunblock. We will provide
the food so come hungry!!
> Summer Break Of course, we
assume that you already know
this, but just in case, next week is
our Summer Break! There will be
no C-Term classes next week,
from June 23-27. The ELI office
will be open, however, as this will
be our check-in and start-of-
classes week for our new B-Term
r Independence Day Holiday -
On Friday, July 4th (The Friday of
the week we come back from
break), there will be no ELI
classes and the ELI offices will be
closed for our Independence Day
> 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
r 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.
Our next ELI activity will be
Fanafares and Fireworks, on
Thursday, July 3rd. Details will be on
the Activities Board and in the next
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the weeks ofJune 20-July 3:
June 25: Bruna Cavalcanti
July 3: Talal Al-Ghamdi
June 26: Daire Seaman
June 29: Valentina Komaniecka
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: IfI am late to an appointment with an
American, what should I do?
A: Well, the number one answer here
would be for me to tell you not to be.
However, unavoidable things do
happen. The main thing that you
should do when it is unavoidable is to
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call as soon as you know you're going
to be late. Calling after the fact is
better than nothing, but it's better to
keep the person informed at the time
they are waiting. Here in the US, we
consider it rude, arrogant, and selfish
to be late without a good reason (like,
maybe you're in the hospital)--and
borderline unforgivable to not show
up without calling personally. It
implies to us that you think that your
own time is more important than
Q: Sometimes friends me rides because
I don't have a car. Is it enoughfor me just to
A: It's a good start. If it's one or two
friends who do it a lot, then you
might want to occasionally offer to
buy them some gas, particularly these
Q: Why don't teachers here dressformally?
For example, they wear shorts to school.
A: This is not so much an American
thing as it is a Florida thing. Fashion
here is just much more casual than in
some other parts of the country,
largely due to the weather and the
resort-like atmosphere that pervades
much of the state. I personally am
one of the teachers that you mention
in your question. When I first started
working here 14 years ago, I didn't
wear shorts. And then I noticed that
many of my colleagues did, so I
adopted the practice. Fashion is often
dictated by local custom.
Folks, I have had several people ask
me this semester to explain the use of
the definite and indefinite articles (a,
an, and the) here in the column. I just
want to let you know that I'm not
ignoring the requests completely, but
I really haven't figured out a way to
condense something that complex
into a space this small! This is an
issue that gets entire textbook
chapters devoted to it.
Q: What tenses can I use with the
expression, J .. time to time"?
A: This is a frequency expression that
basically indicates a habit. So, you can
use any of the simple tenses, plus
"used to" and "be going to".
Q: Do .. *", "even though", and
"although" have the same meaning?
A: At the beginning of a dependent
clause, yes. "Though" by itself has a
special use, though. It can be used at
the end of a sentence to indicate that
the speaker or writer is going to add
or just added an extra idea. As I just
did in the second sentence in this
Q: What's the .
* between ,, "
A: It's the same as the difference
between "take" and "give". You
borrow something from someone.
That someone lends it to you.
Interestingly, we are involved in a
shift in usage. The verb 'lend" is
rapidly disappearing and being
replaced by what used to be
exclusively the noun "loan".
Fight for your opinions, but do not
believe that they contain the whole
truth, or the only truth.
Charles A. Dana
SEnglish 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