* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Join us and meet your new peers!
This Saturday, October 23rd, our
activity is a picnic! This will be 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 conversation.
WHEN: Saturday, October 23rd at
11:30am. Even though this is not a
carpool trip, you must sign up on
the activities board by 4:00pm on
Thursday, October21st so we know
how much food to order. Guests
are welcome, but please be sure to
sign them up, too!
WHERE: Behind Broward and
Yulee Halls (Across 13th Street from
COST: This trip is completely
WHAT TO BRING: Wear tennis
shoes and sun-block for sports and
activities. We will provide the food so
Everyone is Welcome!
> Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. We have been asked
to remind you that every
tardies counts as 1 hour of
absence, and you are limited
in the number ofhours you
can miss. If you have any
questions about your attendance,
be sure to ask your teachers as
soon as possible.
> Lost and Found-Folks, if you
lose anything in the classrooms
or in the hallways of the ELI,
don't forget to check in the ELI
Main Office, Room 315, to see if
it has been turned in. We have a
box of found stuff that stays
> Student Mail-Please remember
to check from time to time to see
if you have any mail from home
or from other sources. The
student mailbox is a tray located
on the shelf immediately below
and on the right-hand side of the
teachers' mailboxes just inside the
door in the ELI Main Office.
Next weekend, we will be holding a
Halloween Party! Details will be on
the Activities Board and in next
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 22-28:
October 26: Noura Al Hudaib
October 26: Qiang Peng
October 23: Judith Strack
Happy Birthday one and all!
Q: What's H : ;,.: and why is it such a
popular holiday in the US?
A: It's actually a combination of
ancient Celtic and early Christian
traditions. In Europe, All Hallows
Eve (the night before All Saints'
Day-November 1 on the calendar)
was said to be a night when ghosts
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and spirits would roam the earth;
people carved scary faces in
vegetables and left them out to scare
the spirits away. This tradition is
carried on in modem times with the
carved pumpkins. In the 20th century,
it became a popular holiday for
children. And, so many of us
remember fun at Halloween as kids
that it has gradually become a holiday
that adults enjoy as well!
Q: Why is the US a multicultural nation?
A: We've always been a nation of
immigrants. From the start of
American history, from the
standpoint of European colonization,
the American story is one of many
different people coming here for
many different reasons, including
freedom from religious persecution,
economic opportunity, and the sheer
adventure of starting something new.
Q: How do people in the US visit other
states other than by plane or car?
A: Well, those are the big ones.
There is also the Greyhound Bus
system, which is often the least
expensive option (though it can also
take the longest), and many of our
larger cities are also linked by Amtrak
train, particularly in the Northeastern
Q: Why do some Americans not ike to say
A: Among taboo questions for us,
the questions that involve numerical
comparison are usually on the list.
We also don't like to talk about
money, physical measurements, or
even things like our grades in school.
Q: What's the
' between "who"
A: Technically, "who" is a subject
pronoun and "whom" is an object
pronoun. The problem is, we're
increasingly not using "whom" at all,
particularly in spoken English. The
only time it's absolutely required in
spoken English is if you put a
preposition first. And most people
don't even do that!
The best index to a person's character
(a) how he treats people who can't do
him any good, and
(b) how he treats people who can't
--Abigail van Buren
U I English Language Institute
F I 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