Trips and activities | Session 4 2019

trips and activities for session 4 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 4?

Special activities and trips:

Meet-n-Greet: International Coffee Hour

Friday, March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Trabant University Center map pin graphicFind on map

International Coffee Hour

Meet your classmates and have some free coffee, free food and fun!

International Coffee Hour happens most Fridays in the Trabant University Center. It is a great way to make new friends, practice language skills and learn about different cultures while enjoying a free cup of coffee or tea and snacks.

This Friday’s Coffee Hour is co-sponsored by the ELI and features karaoke!

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Saturday, March 16 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Trabant University Center and Perkins Student Center

Activities throughout the day: Stress-free coloring, Quizzo for prizes, Jeopardy!, raffles every hour, giant yard games, board game competition, a movie and more!

Free vendors: face painting, caricatures, air brush tattoos

9-11 a.m. in Trabant: Grab and Go breakfast buffet and prizes
11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Perkins: Brunch in the Concourse
1-3 p.m. in Perkins: Lunch in West Lounge

Everything is FREE with your UDID!

Learn more at >

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Free Bus Trip to Washington, D.C.

Saturday, March 23

Enjoy a day in Washington, D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival. D.C. is a wonderful destination year-round, with many free museums and monuments.

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.

Bus schedule

  • Bus departs The Retreat | 500 Hamlet Way, Newark DE | 7:30 a.m.
  • Bus departs ELI | 318 S. College | 8 a.m.
  • Bus departs Washington, D.C. | 5:30 p.m.

Bus will drop off at these locations:

  • The Retreat | 500 Hamlet Way, Newark, DE
  • Studio Green | 91 Thorn Lane
  • ELI | 318 S. College
  • INNternationale | 153 Courtney Place
  • George Read Hall, North Campus | 111 Christiana Drive

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Hen Zone Hangout

Friday, March 29 | 1-3 p.m. | Perkins Student Center map pin graphicFind on map

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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Longwood Gardens

RESCHEDULED! Friday, April 12 | 1-6 p.m. | Bus ticket: $10 | Entrance to Longwood Gardens: $20 with student ID (Pay at the door)

Longwood Gardens is one the greatest gardens in the world!

On this special Friday bus trip, you can enjoy the Spring Blooms exhibition.

Reserve your ticket for the bus at the ELI Cashier’s Window, 189 West Main Street, Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. The bus ticket costs $10. Entrance to Longwood Gardens costs $20 with a student ID. You will pay for your ticket at Longwood Gardens.

Bus schedule:

  • Bus departs ELI | 318 South College Ave. | 1 p.m.
  • Bus departs Longwood Gardens | 5:30 p.m.

Bus will drop off at ELI, 318 S. College at approximately 6-6:15 p.m.

Learn more about Longwood Gardens > 

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ELI Book Club

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 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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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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Get Caught Speaking English at the ELI

You can earn prizes when ELI staff, faculty or tutors hear you speaking English outside the classroom!

If you get a ticket, you can give it to the front desk staff in one of the following buildings Monday to Friday:

  • 108 East Main Street
  • 189 West Main Street
  • 318 South College Avenue

You can hand in tickets for a small prize or save your tickets for gift cards.

Read more >

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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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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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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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