|February 14, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
The ELI will open at 11:00 a.m. today.
Message from Dr. Stevens:
ELI Reading/Writing morning classes will begin at 11:00 AM today and will continue until 12:30 PM. Listening/Speaking classes are cancelled for today.
Afternoon RW classes do not meet on Friday. However, I am asking teachers to add 15 minutes to your RW every day classes next week to make up for missed time this week.
The Self Access Learning Center will open at 11:00 AM and will close at 3:00 PM.
ELI offices will open at 10:30 AM.
Many roads have been cleared of ice and snow, but there will be many slippery areas. Please be very careful when driving. Many sidewalks will still have some ice and snow. So please be careful walking to class or to bus stops.
|February 13, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
Due to the weather, the ELI is closed today.
Please stay inside today, as the ground is icy and there are high winds and low temperatures.
At this time, we are scheduled to reopen as usual tomorrow morning.
|February 12, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
The University of Delaware Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) has announced the launch of a weekly social program, International Coffee Hour, this first of which will be held from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, at 44 Kent Way.
International Coffee Hour is a place to make new friends, practice language skills and learn about different cultures while enjoying a free cup of coffee or tea and snacks. All members of the University community are invited to attend.
|February 10, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
Hurry! Time is running out to sign-up for:
THE TOEFL TEST
1:30 – 5:00pm
At the Cashier’s Window at 189 W. Main Street
(Location to be given upon sign-up)
|January 29, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
ELI will play a central role in the agreement
A new agreement between the University of Delaware and Japan’s Saitama University, signed Jan. 27 at UD, is designed to expand the cultural horizons and foreign language capabilities of students at both institutions.
Under the agreement, UD’s prestigious English Language Institute (ELI) will provide short-term language immersion programs for Saitama students over the next five years. Also offered will be a bridge program, whereby Saitama students can study English as a Second Language (ESL) part time at the ELI, while concurrently taking one to two UD credit courses through the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.
|January 21, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
Students may pick up applications Thursday, January 23, 2014.
Last date to pick up applications Wednesday January 29, 2014
Completed Applications must be returned by Friday January 31, 2014
|January 18, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
The ELI offers a semi-intensive, nine-week series of courses in the evening. In this program, participants focus on the development of their English Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar skills.
Typical participants in the Evening Program include residents of the Delaware region, au pairs, spouses of UD international students, etc.
Registration for the Evening Program is now open! For more information, click on one of the following links:
|January 7, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
A night of games and fun. 108 E. Main — 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
UD Fred Rust Ice Arena — 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Free admission with your UD ID card. Skate rentals are $3:00. Free shuttle bus from 318 South College Avenue.
Leave 318 South College Ave at 9:00 a.m. Leave Lancaster at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $30. Purchase at 189 W. Main (The price does not include optional admission to the Amish Farm Tour.)
5:00 to 9:00 p.m. — Carpenter Sports Building
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. — Big Bob Carpenter Carpenter Center. Tickets are free with UD ID card
Leave 318 South College Ave at 8:00. Leave Washington at 5:30 p.m. $20 is required to reserve a seat. Your deposit is returned on the bus. Sign up at 189 W. Main.
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. — Perkins Student Center Bacchus Theater
|January 3, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
Great news! The ELI 2013 Holiday Newsletter is now available for download in PDF format!
Don’t worry–all paper copies of the newsletter have been mailed to our alumni and colleagues around the world. You should receive your copy very soon! In the meantime, why wait? Start reading the newsletter today!
|December 18, 2013||Filled under Uncategorized||
ELI alumna Ivette Li-Sanchez stars in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
From the ELI Annual Holiday Newsletter 2013
When fans of the 2011 blockbuster film “Hunger Games” eagerly watch the newly released sequel, “Catching Fire,” they will grip the arms of their chairs as 24 young people — the “tributes” — fight to the death for the honor of their districts. And when the District Five tribute girl appears on the screen, some ELI alumni will do a double take to see the familiar face of a former ELI classmate. Session III 2010’s star student, valedictorian Ivette Li-Sanchez, never dreamed that in less than four years she would be a star on the big screen.
In her home country of Venezuela, Ivette studied animal husbandry. When she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2009 to join her mother, she realized that to work in her field in the United States, she would have to retake her undergraduate courses — a discouraging prospect. As a result, Ivette found herself in search of a new career. First, however, she knew that no matter which direction she would eventually take, a key to her success would be mastery of the English language. When a friend recommended the ELI to her, she set off to Delaware to begin her American adventure.
Ivette decided to commit four months — two ELI sessions — to her language learning goals.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do for a living and was really open to starting a new life path. That’s why I picked the ‘English for fun’ classes, as my friends taking the academic and pre-MBA courses used to call them.”
Ivette started at Level V in Leslie Criston’s “deeply moving” Read It! Watch It! and Walt Babich’s “unforgettable” Stories class. In the following session, she moved on to Carolina Correa’s Reading and Writing in Your Field — “My ‘serious’ class. I will always remember how inspired I got from day one.”
And, of course, there was Debbie Darrell’s English through Drama.
“It was phenomenal! That was like my initiation as a scriptwriter, assistant director, production assistant, dancer … It was a team effort, just like all major productions.”
Debbie’s praise of Ivette is equally enthusiastic.
“Ivette was the focal point that brought the class together. She filled in all the gaps, making the flyers, working out costumes — she saved the day for the class, without ever taking the glory.”
Despite the triumph of the Drama class’s performance, “Oops 3,” the thought of acting as a career didn’t creep into Ivette’s mind just yet, but she says the ELI experience did empower her. “Communication is a vital piece in the process of adapting to a new country, and to me, being able to feel more self-confident with the language opened more possibilities for an enjoyable adventure as a newcomer in America.”
Back in Atlanta after her ELI stint, Ivette got a job at a staffing agency, at first performing short-term warehouse tasks such as gluing boxes and sticking bar codes into textbooks. Her ability and work ethic were quickly noticed. Within six months, she was promoted to production team specialist. The future looked bright. “Yet something in my life was still missing.” To fill that gap, Ivette sought out acting classes.
“At the beginning, I considered it as my way to stay in English training in a fun and interesting way. It was my little treasure — the hobby that balanced my warehouse work life with my artistic nature, the place where I could be myself and forget about the burden of the day.”
While her acting classes deeply satisfied her creative side, the production job did not. She resigned from her position and decided to “honor my second nature”: sewing, a craft she had learned as a child from her mother’s hand. She took up freelancing as a seamstress, with some occasional fashion designing, all the while religiously attending her acting classes.
As freelancing afforded her both time flexibility and financial peace of mind, Ivette started to consider her “little treasure” as a potential career. Through a contact in her acting class, she applied for a spot in a Hollywood production.
“When I was selected to work in ‘Catching Fire’ as the District Five female victor tribute, I got the sign that I needed to accept that acting was more than a hobby but a passion, and the journey as an actress began.”
Since “Catching Fire” completed filming in 2012, Ivette has been involved in a few independent cinematic projects, all the while remaining devoted to her beloved acting classes to continually improve her craft. Sewing and designing have not fallen by the wayside: she currently sews garments for SteamPunk Couture, an Oregon-based clothing company, and has paired up with a friend to make designs of their own.
Thinking back on her four months at the ELI at the very beginning of her American adventure, Ivette reflected,
“The ELI experience absolutely had a great impact on my life. I would live it again if I could. Everyone there is so involved and passionate with their work, and that is certainly contagious.”
ELI faculty and staff are delighted to have passed on a spark of their passion to a rising star. SP
*Photo from www.catchingfirecasting.com.
Article by: Sarah Petersen, Editor-in-Chief