Trips and activities | Session V 2018

At the UD English Language Institute, we often tell our students that half of what they learn while in Delaware will be from their experiences outside of the classroom.

It is important to get involved, meet students from other countries and learn about American culture. This is why we offer trips and activities each session to ELI students!

There are also many activities on campus that ELI students can attend. Be sure to check our Facebook page or Instagram @udel_eli to see what is happening each week!

Meet & Greet: Picnic and Ice Cream

Friday, May 11 | 1-3 p.m. | 189 West Main St.

Join your ELI classmates for a fun afternoon of food and ice cream!

You are welcome to bring your family!

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Free Trip to Washington, D.C.!

Friday, May 18 | Sign up at 189 West Main St. to save your seat!

Washington DC | ELI | Moody picture of Lincoln Memorial

ELI classes are cancelled on Friday, May 18. What a wonderful chance to join us for a free trip to Washington, D.C.!

There is so much to see in the U.S. capital. Many of the monuments, museums and historical sites are free. There are also great options for eating and shopping!

This trip is free for ELI students only.

ELI students pay a $20 cash deposit when they sign up, which they will get back the day of the trip as long as they have their student ID and yellow reservation slip with them.

All others who wish to go on the trip must pay $20 (non-refundable) to buy a seat on the bus.

Bus schedule:

Departs 318 South College Ave. at 8 a.m. | Returns to 318 South College Ave. around 5:30 p.m.

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Celebrate iftar

Monday, May 21 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Old College Lawn

Get a true sense of iftar (Break-Fast), by fasting alongside your Muslim classmates on Monday, May 21. Then break fast with them at sundown.

Join us on the Old College Lawn for catered traditional middle eastern food.

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Launch Trampoline Park

Thursday, May 24 | Launch Trampoline Park | $13 per person

Launch Trampoline park

Check out Launch Trampoline Park’s website here to learn more, or click on the image to watch a video showing how much  fun ELI students have had at this event in the past!

Children are welcome. Children age 2 and under are free with an adult admission.

The cost per person is $12. You must wear or buy Launch socks, which cost $1 per pair at the door.

A bus will pick up as follows:

  • 5 p.m. – Departs 318 S. College
  • 5:10ish – The “Internationale” (Courtney Street)
  • 5:30 – 108 East Main Street
  • 5:40ish – Rittenhouse Station
  • 5:45ish – Studio Green (Office)
  • 5:45ish – Studio Green (Rear)
  • 5:50ish – The Retreat (500 Hamlet Way, Newark)
  • 6:00 p.m. (or before) – arrive  at Launch Trampoline Park

Return bus departs the Launch Trampoline Park at 8 p.m. and follows a reverse route. (Please note that the bus will not return to 108 Main Street.)

  • Retreat
  • Studio Green (Rear)
  • Studio Green (Office)
  • Rittenhouse Station
  • Internationale
  • 318 South College

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Sports Day with Kite Flying

Friday, June 1 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Turf Fields by Carpenter Sports Building

Did you know that physical activity reduces stress and improves your memory and thinking skills?

Come out to the turf fields behind Carpenter Sports Building on Friday, June 1 to try out a new outdoor sport, or show us your expertise with a kite!

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Bus trip to Ocean City, Maryland

Saturday, June 9 | $35 | Sign up at 189 West Main St. to save your seat!

The beach in Ocean City, Maryland has been rated one of the best beaches in the U.S.

Spend the day exploring the boardwalk, enjoying the amusements like the roller coaster, ferris wheel or carousel, or just enjoy the sandy beach and watch the ocean waves roll in!

Buy your $35 tickets at the ELI Cashiers window at 189 West Main Street. The Cashiers window is open Monday – Friday, 1-4 p.m.

Bus Schedule
The bus will pick up at 6:30 a.m. at The Retreat, 500 Hamlet Way.
At 7 a.m., the bus will pick up at 318 South College Ave. and will depart for Ocean City.

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International Coffee Hour

Friday, May 11 | 4-6 p.m. | Old College Hall (18 East Main St.)

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and snacks at this weekly event sponsored by the Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS).

Meet and mingle with old and new friends from around the world.

For more information, visit: International Coffee Hour

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Wedding Parlor

Photo of two people dressed in a wedding gown and suit carrying an umbrella as sun streams through onto wet cobblestones with text overlay: Wedding parlor, June 4-11, 1-5 p.m.
June 4-11 | 1-5 p.m. | 176 West Main Street

Teachers and tutors are invited to accompany their students on a conversation-inspiring “field trip” to 176 West Main St.

Simply enter the front door to enjoy a self-guided exhibit. The Kitchen Class will be in session.

Exhibit includes:

  • A vintage 1956 wedding gown;
  • Printed invitation examples;
  • Ceremony configuration (Christian);
  • Customs and superstitions;
  • And wedding vows (basic traditional).

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Read With Me

Person reading with finger holding place with text overlay: Read with me
New! Read With Me is a personalized, one-on-one reading program for ELI students at all levels.

No appointment is necessary! Just come to the SALC to practice and enjoy reading. Bring your own book or we will help you select a book at your level.

The SALC is open:
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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ELI Reading Challenge

ELI Reading Challenge: Are you ready to read. Photo of a hand turning a book page by Prasanna Kumar

Whoever reads the most books in one session will win a Starbucks gift card!

This activity is happening throughout the session.

How to participate:

  • Go to the SALC (108 East Main Street) and pick up a Reading Challenge Form.
  • Read any book that you want.
    • Note: The book must be appropriate for your reading/writing level. If you are not sure about whether your book qualifies, ask an SALC staff member.
  • Complete the form (answer a few questions on it) and then submit it to the SALC staff.
  • Repeat!

If you have any questions, visit the SALC website or talk to an SALC staff member.

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ELI Book Club

Join the ELI Book Club - Many open books photo by Rey Seven

Join the ELI Book Club this session and improve your English reading skills, vocabulary and fluency!

With the ELI book club, you’ll get to read a new book every session, meet new people and learn more about American literature.

Participants meet at the SALC (108 E. Main St.) every week. This club is open to students at R/W Level III and above.

Sign up at the SALC at 108 East Main St. or click here.

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Speaking appointments at the SALC

Speaking Appointments at the SALC. Photo of a person with grey hair talking to a person with dark hair.

What a great way to practice your English! All session long, the SALC staff will be available to help you to practice your conversation skills.

Simply sign up for an appointment here.

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“Friends Couch” at the SALC

Come join the conversation with UD students as they “hang out” at the SALC!

To participate, just take a look at the calendar on the SALC website to see when conversation times are scheduled. Then, just show up and meet some new people!

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ELI Guitar Club

Every Thursday | 108 East Main St. Room 209 | 5-6 p.m.

Guitar club Session IV 2018

This is an ELI club for beginner and intermediate guitarists and anyone interested in learning or teaching how to play the guitar. Contact Ross Fenske or Mikki Washburn if you are interested and would like more information! You can also joim the UD ELI Guitar Club Facebook group. P.S. Don’t forget to bring your guitar if you have one!

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ELI Running Club

Every Monday and Thursday | 2:15 p.m. | 108 East Main St. Student Lounge

ELI Running club

Join us as we get in shape!

This is a club for all levels of physical activity, not just running! Your current fitness level does not matter. If you are interested in getting in shape for summer, losing weight or increasing your athletic ability, you’ll want to join our club!

To start bringing some exercise into your life, join us at our first meeting and workout on Monday March 12 and Thursday March 15 at 2:15 p.m. in the Student Lounge at 108 East Main St.  Be a part of a team!

For more information, contact Lindsay Pennington (coach)

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