* Welcome Picnic
* Notes from the Office
The ELI Weekly
This Saturday, March 20th will be our
Welcome Picnic for our new B-term
This is a fun day in the sun to welcome
the new ELI students! All ELI
students, staff, and friends are invited.
This will be a picnic at Yulee Pit. There
will be sports, games and great
WHEN: Saturday, March 20th at
Ipm.If it is raining at 11:00am, the
picnic will be in the Florida Room in
Norman Hall. Even though this is not
a carpool trip, please sign up on the
activities board by 4:00 PM on
Thursday, March 18th so we know how
much food to order.
WHERE: Behind Broward and Yulee
Halls (Across 13th Street from the
COST: This trip is completely FREE!
WHAT TO BRING: Wear tennis
shoes and sun-block. We will provide
the food so come hungry!!
> 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
> 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.
On Saturday, March 27th, we will be
holding our second Volunteer Day of
the spring semester. Details about the
volunteering activities will be on the
Activities Board and in the next issue
of the Weekly.
The following are ELI birthdays from
March 23: Motaz Shamsan
March 24: Djibrilla Boubacar Balla
March 27: Roxy Fraser
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: What does the name "America"mean?
A: It's a mapmaker's mistake. Back in
the age of exploration, there was an
Italian explorer named Amerigo
Vespucci. A mapmaker in the 16t
Century mistook the label on a trace of
his route to the new world as a label for
the new world, and the mistake has
been duplicated ever since. Some
historians dispute this account, but it's
still among the most widely credited
Q: Why do English speakers capitaize the
A: No one seems to know for certain.
The most widely accepted theory that I
can find is that it's because it's the only
pronoun of only one letter, so it helps
distinguish it in a sentence.
Q: What's the between
instance" and.. -example"?
T he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 8
March 19, 2010
A: Very little in meaning. "For
instance" is perhaps a bit more
conversational, but both are used in
speaking and writing.
Q: How can I use "shall" in a sentence?
A: Really, anymore, you can't. As
recently as 40 years ago, it was
considered the proper future tense
modal for the first person ("I shall, we
shall") intsead of "will". But it isn't
anymore. The only use we still give it is
for polite offers or requests, as in,
"Shall I get you some more coffee?" or,
"Shall we go?"
Before you agree to do anything that
might add even the smallest amount of
stress to your life, ask yourself: What is
my truest intention? Give yourself time
to let a yes resound within you. When
it's right, I guarantee that your entire
body will feel it.
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