* Notes from the Office
* Notes about the Weekly
* Student Voices
The EIT Weekly
T he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 108, Issue 1
January 8, 2009
New and returning students alike, we'e glad to see you!
The ELI would like to extend a warm welcome to
all of our students during this busy first week of the
Spring C, 2009 semester! We want all of you to feel
as comfortable as possible while you are studying
with us here at the ELI. .- I..1 r urge you to
share any questions and/or concerns that you
might have with your teachers, your Language
Assistants, our staff members or administrators.
We are here to help you. For questions about your
1-20 or other immigration matters you might
experience, our Admissions Officer, Barbara Earp
is the person to talk to. You can find her by
making an appointment to see her in the ELI Main
Office, 315 Norman. You may also talk to Barbara
about any special concerns about university or
community college admissions that you might have.
For personal problems and concems, Lia
Brenneman is the person to see. You can find her
in her office, 316 Norman. Barbara and Lia will do
their best to answer your questions or to point you
in the right direction to someone who can. All of
us here at the ELI hope that you will learn a lot in
your quest to further your English education -- but
remember to try to have some fun too!
I would like to greet you personally as your ELI
Weekly Editor, Todd Allen. I hope you come to
trust the Weekly to give you the information you
need to make your experience here the best
possible. You will receive the Weekly each week
during your Reading/Writing class. In addition,
each week's Weekly will be posted in the "News"
section of the ELI Homepage at
Our Director, Megan Forbes, has a message of welcome
for all ofyou:
Welcome, new and returning ELI students.
I am pleased to greet you one and all through this
message, and I look forward to meeting each of you
during the semester.
I thank you personally and congratulate you for
being here. It is always difficult to leave family and
friends and go far away from what is familiar to
study a foreign language and spend time with
people we have never seen, from countries far from
our own. We, whose work depends on your
courage and fortitude, appreciate your presence
here. We look forward to making your experience
here the very best it can be. We have built
programs and prepared guidelines designed
specifically for your benefit. They are intended to
maximize the effort you plan to furnish so that your
success and our success will be one and the same.
By joining the English Language Institute (ELI),
you have become a part of a vibrant team dedicated
to the highest achievements and enthusiastic about
its goals. Our overriding aim is to provide you with
an array of opportunities-in class and outside of
class-- to increase your knowledge of English as an
active and living communicative system, to use
linguistic and social interaction for providing you
with practice, to insert you as much as possible into
the local community, where English is used
naturally, and to challenge you daily to extend
yourself just a bit more in your English experience.
I am happy to be welcoming you to the ELI team,
a team dedicated to the success of all of its
members. For a team to succeed, it takes a 100%
effort by everyone involved. You will, we fervently
hope, take this invitation to heart and give 110% in
all that you do at the ELI. This team effort is
already a regular part of the employees' work,
whose dedication goes unquestioned. These
teachers, language assistants, support staff
members, and administrators enjoy their work for
you, are proud to be at the ELI, and care deeply
about your success.
In the many opportunities taken by students and
employees to express their feelings about this
school, one can find numerous superlatives.
Everyone at the ELI takes great pride in these and
delights in welcoming you, convinced that you will
add yours when the time comes. For now, we
thank you for being here.
Welcome to an experience of a lifetime.
Phone Home -- We have been receiving phone
calls from some concerned folks back home who
have not yet heard whether or not you arrived
safely. If you haven't called home to let your family
know you are here, please try to do it as soon as
Tuition Deadline -- Tuition will be due on
Tuesday, January 13d1, before 1:30pm. Please try to
pay your tuition before the deadline. For any
questions you have about your tuition, see Sonja
Pealer in the ELI Main Office, Room 315
Immunization Deadline Proof of
immunizations must be received by Friday, January
161 or you will not be allowed to continue to attend
classes. No exceptions.
Turns -- When the office is crowded, please try to
wait your turn. If everyone is patient, things move
in a swifter and more orderly manner. Everyone
will be served eventually.
Feeling Sick? -- Please don't call the office for 1-
or 2-day illnesses. You may simply talk to your
teachers when you get back. If, however, you are
going to be out for 3 or more days, do call.
Student Mailbox -- Please come to the office
from time to time and check the mailbox for any
mail that you may have received over the last few
weeks. If you are waiting for something and do not
see it, however, you may assume that it has not
come yet, and you will not need to ask in the 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.
Fire Drills/Alarms -- Please remember, whenever
you hear a fire alarm, whether in Norman Hall or in
any other building, you need to leave the building
quickly and quietly. Period. We do have drills
occasionally to ensure that everyone knows what to
do -- but you should never assume that the alarm
you hear is only a drill. Getting out in an orderly
and expedient fashion may well save your life.
Also, please note that the fire alarms must never,
ever be pulled by anyone other than building
management unless there is an actual emergency.
Fire crews will respond, and they may be taken
away from folks who need them. In additional,
falsely pulling a fire alarm is against the law.
Bicycling -- Bicycle safety is very, very important --
and it will be taken very seriously here in
Gainesville and on the UF campus. If you bike, be
sure that you familiarize yourself with the rules of
the road. If you're caught breaking them, in
addition to possible injuries you might suffer, it can
result in tickets and fines. Traffic violators on
bicycles are subject to the same fines as violators in
automobiles, $118.50 for a moving violation, $74.50
for a non-moving violation, :..i 4-. ; for a
violation specific to bicycle operation.
Lost and Found -- If you lose personal items, be
sure to check in the ELI Main Office. We keep a
box that is usually full of things that people have
left in classrooms and around the ELI. If you find
something that was left behind, be sure to bring it
Smoking -- Absolutely no smoking is allowed
inside Norman Hall or any other building on the
UF campus. This includes ALL areas inside
buildings. This is a Florida state law that applies to
all publicly owned buildings. Additionally,
smoking outside must be done away from the
building, at least 50 feet (about 16 meters). Note:
This policy does include the Norman Hall
Courtyard; there is no smoking in this area.
There is a designated smoking area outside by the
small parking lot (right across the street from the
Credit Union). You'll see the sign by the concrete
Each week, this section of the ELI Weekly will list
all of the birthdays for our students and staff that
occur during the week. As of this point, we don't
yet have the list of students' birthdays necessary to
begin this column. We would, however, like to take
this opportunity to remind students to be sure that
your birthdays are correct with the office.
REMEMBER: in the US, the birth date is written
month/day/year. If you submitted yours as
day/month/year on your forms, then it will appear
wrong in the Weekly. For those of you that this
may happen to, we apologize in advance, but since
we get our printouts numerically, and most
countries use the system of day first, errors are
most likely going to occur from time to time.
For any and all students who would like to see their
work in print and have an extra opportunity to take
something of this experience home with you, we
want to let you know about our student
publication, the ELI Student Voices, edited by Steve
Flocks. This publication is a collection of works
written by you, our students. You may submit
anything of your work that you wish; it will receive
only minimal editing. Past submissions have
included essays, poetry, creative stories, class
projects, and other interesting works on a variety of
topics. If you want to turn something in for
publication, simply give it to your teacher, or place
it in Steve's box (the teacher's mailbox marked
Flocks in the ELI Main Office). Include your
name and class on your submission. Teachers, as
has now been done many times in the past, this
makes for a great project for all classes--not just
Reading/Writing. Let's see what you can do!
Once again this semester, the Cultural Immersion
staff will be holding regular sports and activities
each evening of the week The activities schedule is
currently being worked out. As soon as it's ready, it
will be posted in the "News" section of the ELI
Webpage and the Activities Board outside Room
315. We will also publish the schedule next week
here in the Weekly.
Next week, on Saturday, September 6 we will be
here in Gainesville for Paintball. Look in next
week's Weeky and on the Activities Board for more
Each week, the ELI Weekly will include a culture
column under the name "Manners and Culture"
and a grammar column under the name
"Grammar". But these columns only work when
you, the students (and even teachers and staff),
participate. Questions on any topic concerning
American behavior, culture, and manners, we well
as any aspect of grammar are encouraged. While I
cannot guarantee 100% that I will be able to answer
every single question, I will do my best! So, if you
are wondering about what is correct socially for you
to do, if you see someone doing something that you
find odd, or perhaps even rude, or if you just want
to know something about the culture here in
general, please feel free to ask about it! Ditto if
grammar is making your brain hurt. Teachers and
Language Assistants, this makes a great activity;
entire batches of questions are welcome and
encouraged. And individuals, if you have questions
that you would like to ask and see in print, you may
e-mail them to me at email@example.com or put them
in my mailbox (ELI Office, Room 315, box marked
Alien) anytime the office is open.
The good neighbor looks beyond the external
accidents and discems those inner qualities that
make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.