Trips and activities | Session 3 2019

Blurred shot of red lantern and lights with text: trips & activities Session 3 2019At 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 3?

Special activities and trips:


Meet-n-Greet: Hen Zone Hangout

Friday, January 11 | 2-4 p.m. | Perkins Student Center map pin graphicFind on map

An ELI student sets up a shot on a pool table in the Hen Zone.

Meet your classmates and have some free food and fun!

The Hen Zone in Perkins Student Center is a great space to hang out and play games. There are billiards tables, foosball, table tennis, air hockey for 4 players, board games, and a wide selection of video games for PlayStation3, Wii U, and XBox One.

TIP: the Hen Zone is available to you with your UD student ID card any time it is open!

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Ice Skating Party – Updated Time!

Friday, January 18 | 9:15-11:15 p.m. | Fred Rust Ice Arena map pin graphicFind on map

ELI Students having fun on the ice at the Fred Rust Ice Arena

What is there to do in Newark in the winter? Ice skate!

Join your friends and meet new people on the ice at our Ice Skating Party on Friday, January 18.

Entrance to the rink is free, but will need to bring ice skates or rent them for $4.

TIP: The Fred Rust Ice Arena is regularly open on the weekends and free with your UD student ID card. Check the website for hours and special events.

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Free Bus Trip to New York City – UPDATED

Saturday, January 26

This trip is free for ELI students. $20 for all others.

Reserve your space at the ELI Cashier’s Window at 189 W. Main Street, Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. A $20 cash deposit is required, and will be returned to you the day of the trip.

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Winter Welcome Tailgate: International Night at Men’s Basketball (UD Basketball vs. UNC Wilmington)

Saturday, February 9 | Tailgate: 6 p.m. | Tip-off: 7 p.m. | Bob Carpenter Center map pin graphicFind on map

UD basketball player in the Acierno Arena, Bob Carpenter Center. Text: UD basketball vs. UNC Wilmington

Cheer on the University of Delaware Blue Hens men’s basketball team as they take on the University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks at  7 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. with a “tailgate” area before the game with games, snacks, photo booth and a rally towel giveaway for the first 50 students.

You can also put your name into a hat to do a foul shot competition during one of the game breaks. Prizes are $25 an $50 gift cards and a chance at a half court shot for a courtside seat.

There will also be an opportunity to take photos from center court. You might get a photo with a player or dancer or one of UD’s mascots, YoUDee or Baby Blue!

Bonus: It’s mascot night at the arena so you might even have a chance to take a few photos of other regional mascots!

Bring your UD ID to get into the game for free.

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Activities Night

Wednesday, February 13 | 6-9 p.m. | Perkins Student Center map pin graphicFind on map

Activities Night - Join a student group

Learn more about the over 400 Registered Student Organizations at UD!

As an ELI student, you can join many of the groups – from 8-bit Orchestra to the Zumba Club, there are so many options to choose from that we can’t list them all here!

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I <3 iHouse Block Party and Valentine’s Day Dance Party

Thursday, February 14
4-6 p.m. | Ray Street
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6-8 p.m. | George Read North, Main Lounge map pin graphic Find on map

I heart iHouse Block Party and Valentine's Day Dance Party

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with two great events – one right after the other!

At 4 p.m., enjoy an outdoor block party on Ray Street with International House! |  map pin graphicFind on map

Then, follow the signs and your friends to George Read North’s Main Lounge for a Valentine’s Day Dance Party with karaoke! Be sure to bring your UD ID! | map pin graphic Find on map

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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 Tuesday at 4 p.m. | Every Thursday at 3 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 Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 3 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 201

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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