* Volunteer Day
* B-Tern Countries
The ELI Weekly
Help others while learning English!
This Saturday, March 27th, we are
holding our second Volunteer Day of
the spring term. This is your chance to
help out the community while
practicing your English in a real-life
environment. Below is a description of
the volunteer activities going on.
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, teachers,
and staff will meet at the NRN Garage
and carpool to the different sites.
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, March 25th.
Help groom retired horses at the
MILL CREEK HORSE FARM
from 8:15am-12noon. Meet at
Norman Garage at 8:15am and wear
outdoor clothes and close-toed shoes!
Bring carrots if you want to feed the
Do you like talking with the elderly?
Join us at EMERITUS from 2:45pm-
5pm and then play games and talk with
older people. Meet at Cabana Beach
How about helping the homeless?
Volunteer for ST. FRANCIS
HOUSE from 8:30am-lpm. Help
prepare and serve lunch for the
homeless. Meet at Norman Garage.
Want to meet new American friends
and UF students? Join us for THE
GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP
from 12:30pm-5pm. Clean up around
the nature areas and roads of
Gainesville. Meet at Norman Garage.
Have a great day, everyone!
Next weekend, on Saturday, April 3rd,
we will be going Canoeing. More
details will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weeky.
It's ELI Student Voices time, everyone!
Steve wants us to let you know that the
deadline for submissions for this
semester will be on Friday, April 9th.
You can give your submissions to your
teacher, to Steve directly, or you may
place them in Steve's mailbox (marked
Flocks) in the ELI Main Office, Room
315. Let's see what you can come up
The ELI Class picture for Spring, 2010
will be taken at the front of Tigert Hall
on SW 13th Street on Tuesday, March
30th, at 1:45pm. We will walk over
together from Norman Hall at 1:30
from L/S Classes or LA hours. For
classes not in Norman Hall, please
gauge your time to arrive at Tigert Hall
by 1:45. For any and all students not
taking Listening/Speaking 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
The following are the countries and
places represented by our students in
our new B-Term:
Costa Rica Turkey
Welcome, new students!
She Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 9
March 26, 2010
The following are ELI birthdays from
March 26-April 1:
March 26: Albani Da Silva
March 26: Chun Hyung Park
March 28: Mert Gumusbasoglu
April 1: Jihoon Iim
March 27: Roxy Fraser (Yes, I know. I
put it in last week's by mistake!)
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: I often see American ags in front of
restaurants, classrooms, houses, buildings and
so on. In my county, we hang o. T ig only
on specific days. I wonder why American lags
are always hanging outside?
A: Just a simple cultural point for us.
The flag is a very strong symbol of
patriotism in the US, and it has been
for most of our existence. Study the
lyrics to our national anthem-you'll
find that the song is about seeing the
flag in the middle of a battle.
Interestingly, there's now even a law in
the State of Florida that requires that all
state classrooms to have one!
Q: What's the .
' between a simile and
A: They're both used to create an
image in reader's mind that compares
things, but the main difference is that a
simile uses "like" or "as".
Q: Is it correct to say, i have been going to
c/ass since 3 days .,*'"
A: 1(1"',, No. "Since" and "ago" can
never be paired.
Q: What's the '
A: "Different from" is correct.
"Different than" isn't. However, this is
one of those that a lot of native
speakers get wrong. It may be a case in
which the error eventually becomes the
Getting ahead in a difficult profession
requires avid faith in yourself That is
why some people with mediocre talent,
but with great inner drive, go much
further than people with vastly superior
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