* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The ELI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, November 6t, we are
holding our next Volunteer Day of the
fall 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 this weekend.
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, November 4th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers. You
should bring waterto each volunteering
Emeritus Retirement Home- Come
give manicures, play piano, go bowling,
and talk with the elderly at Summerville!
Practice speaking English while making
new friends. Meet us at the Cabana
Beach mailboxes at 2pm, and we will
return around 5:30pm.
10000 Villages Help sell unique
handmade treasures while supporting
artisans from around the world. We will
meet at Norman Garage at 8:30am and
return around 11am OR 10:30am-2pm
OR 1:30pm to 5pm.
Downtown Arts Festival Come and
help children be creative with arts and
crafts at the arts festival. We will meet at
the Norman Hall Garage at 9:30am and
return around 12noon OR 11:30am-2pm
St Francis House-Help us paint and
work on a project to improve homeless
shelters. Be sure to wear clothes that can
get dirty. We will meet at Norman
Garage at 8:40am and return around
Have a great day, everyone!
The ELI Class
picture for Fall, 2010
will be taken at the
front of Tigert Hall on SW 13th Street on
Tuesday, November 9th, at 2:45pm. We
will walk over together from Norman
Hall at 2:25 from L/S Classes or LA
hours. For classes not in Norman Hall,
please gauge your time to arrive at Tigert
Hall by 2:45. 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 picture.
> Thursday, November 11th-
Veteran's Day holiday. There will be
no classes on Thursday, November
11th, and the ELI Office will be
closed. PLEASE NOTE: Friday,
November 12th is a regular class
> Wednesday, November 24th-ELI
Classes will end at 12:35pm on
Wednesday, November 24th. There
will be no afternoon classes for you
on Wednesday, November 24th (The
day before Tli i, _.;- ;i-,. All other
ELI Classes will meet as normal
on this day. Also, as a reminder, we
will be closed for the Thanksgiving
Holiday on November 25th and 26t.
will be to
November 13th. Details will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
If you want to go on this trip, you will
need to buy a van ticket for .2'0 on
Wednesday, November 3 from 10am to
1:30pm from Noreen in RM 318. You
need to pay in cash with exact change
and the money is non-refundable.
The Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 113, Issue 10
November 5, 2010
The following are the ELI Birthdays for
the period November 5-11:
November 5: Maria Jose Suarez
November 6: Amal Alsaleh
November 6: Michal Dobrovodsky
November 6: Sadik Topal
November 7: Chung Yuan Chiu
November 7: Fahad Alansari
November 8: Cheik Souleymane
November 9: Keun Hyong Kim
November 10: Hasan AlHammadi
November 9: Lia Brenneman
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why is it incorrect to callmy teacher
A: Every society has different rules and
customs for what to call people in
positions of authority.
In US society, we only address our
teachers as "teacher" when we are very
young children, if at all. Otherwise, we
call our teachers by Mr. or Ms. and the
family name. In college, when many
teachers hold doctoral degrees, we
address them as Dr. or Professor along
with the last name.
Here at the ELI, we do want to foster a
more collegial and team atmosphere.
Most of the teachers here do not have
Doctorates; the Masters is considered the
high degree for teaching ESL. Use of the
first name here is considered a preferred
Q: In my county, I can't J --flops to
school, but here it is obviously common. Why?
A: And you'll find that it's even different
from place to place here in the US.
Fashion and what is/is not acceptable at
school is a very regional thing here. For
example, your Manners Columnist is a
teacher here at the ELI, and I wear shorts
most every day. In some universities in
northern, cooler climates, this would be
very unusual. However, here in
Gainesville, fashion is different because it
follows the warmer weather patterns, and
it's a good thing...because most days, I'd
probably come to class drenched in sweat
The same convention applies to footwear.
Gainesville and a great deal of Florida
(with the exception of some private
schools) just have different rules
regarding the appropriateness of various
Q: When can I use 'get"instead of 'go", as in,
' get to work, vs. '7go to work"?
A: Rarely, actually. This structure simply
means, "arrive". It's usually used when
we want to indicate that nothing is going
to happen until after the arrival, as in, "I'll
do it as soon as I get to work."
I am where I am because I believe in all
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