Trips and activities | Session 2 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 be involved, meet students from other countries and learn about American culture. This is why we offer trips and activities each session to our students!

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

What is happening at the ELI in Session 2?

Special activities and trips:

Halloween Meet-n-Greet Party

Wednesday, October 31 | 1-4 p.m. | 189 West Main Street

Student in an ELI classroom holding out a small decorated pumpkinJoin us for a Halloween Party full of fun, food and prizes!

Compete against your friends and classmates to win a contest, including a contest for best costume.

Looking for a costume? Here are some suggestions from previous ELI Halloween parties!

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Trabant Now! Black Light Bowling and Glowcade

Saturday, November 11 | 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. | Trabant University Center

Trabant Now! is an exciting series of late-night events on Saturday in Trabant University Center during the University’s fall and spring semesters.

Black light bowling, sponsored by the Resident Student Association (RSA), is chance to enjoy mobile bowling lanes, glowing arcade games (“glowcade”) and snacks.

Add this event to your calendar from Student Central

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UD Football vs. Villanova

Saturday, November 17 | Meet up: 10:45 a.m. at Lewis Park, 727 Academy Street (near 318 S. College Ave.) | Kickoff: 12 noon at Delaware Stadium

The Fightin' Blue Hens take on the Dolphins with text: UD Football vs. Villanova

Experience an American cultural event as the University of Delaware Blue Hens face the Villanova University Wildcats at 12 noon on Saturday, November 17 at the Delaware Stadium.
Bring your UD ID to get into the game for free.

Morning pre-football tailgate (hot drinks and snacks)
American Football game University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens Football team will be playing the Villanova Wildcats at 12 noon.

ELI students who bring their UD ID can get in free (otherwise it is expensive and you can’t sit with the other students).
Faculty: Mandi Brunson, Mikki Washburn, Ross Fenske & Scott Partridge

Schedule of Events:
10:15 a.m. Tailgate @ Lewis Park 727 Academy Street (near 318 S. College)
11:25 a.m. Walk (1.6 km) to East Box Office on the Eastside of Delaware Stadium
11:45 a.m. Get tickets for the chaperones and then head into the stadium as a group
12:00 (noon) Football game starts & lasts about 3 hours; you don’t have to stay the entire time to experience the event.
3:00 p.m. (ish) Pick up after the game at Delaware Stadium, 625 Marvin Dr., Newark, DE 19713

Check the weather and dress appropriately. The student section is exposed to the weather, so sunscreen, hats and rain gear may be necessary.

Bags, containers, umbrellas and food or drink are not permitted into the stadium.

There is no storage available at the stadium, so only bring what fits in your pocket: phone, ID, and some spending money for food inside the stadium if you want.

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ELI Dance

Friday, November 30 | 7-10 p.m. | Perkins Student Center West Lounge

Meet up with your friends and enjoy an evening of music and dancing in the Perkins Student Center West Lounge.

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Free Bus Trip to New York City – SOLD OUT!

Saturday, December 8

New York City skyline as seen from the Top of the Rock. Text: Sold out Free NYC trip

This trip is sold out.

New York City in December is a magical place.

Curious about what to see and do in New York City in December? Here are some suggestions (pdf).

Bus Schedule:

6:30 a.m. Buses depart The Retreat
7 a.m. Buses depart 318 South College Ave.
7 p.m. Buses depart New York City

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All ELI Winter Holiday Party

Thursday, December 13 | 6-9 p.m. | Embassy Suites

Mark your calendars – the annual ELI Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 13, 6-9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark – there will be plenty to eat and drink, as well as a talent show!

Tickets are free for students, families and homestay families. The student must pick up tickets for each person attending the party. Tickets are available at the front desk in 108 East Main Street, 189 West Main Street and 318 South College Avenue through Friday, December 7.

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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

Whoever reads the most books in one session will win a Starbucks gift card! This activity is happening throughout the session.

How to participate:

  • 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.
  • Go to the SALC (108 East Main Street) and pick up a Reading Challenge Form.
  • 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

Every Wednesday | 4 p.m. | SALC at 108 E. Main Street

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 session, Book Club meets every Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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

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 Conversation Couch at the SALC

Come to the “Friends” conversation couch in the SALC to meet UD students and chat about university life and topics of general interest. See the SALC webpage for more details.

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ELI Guitar Club

Every Thursday | 4-5 p.m. | 108 East Main St. Room 223

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 join the UD ELI Guitar Club Facebook group.

P.S. Don’t forget to bring your guitar if you have one!

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