Trips and activities | Session 1 2019

U.S. Capitol building at night with text overlay: Trips and activities for Session 1 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 1?

Special activities and trips:


Meet-n-Greet: Football Tailgate “The Barn Goes Global”

Thursday, August 29
Tailgate:  4:30 p.m. | The Barn at Delaware Stadium
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Kickoff:  7 p.m. | Delaware Stadium map pin graphicFind on map

UD Fightin' Blue Hens football taking the field with text overlay: Meet-N-Greet Football Tailgate.

Meet your classmates and other international students before the first UD Football game of the season!

Tailgate (noun) a party in which people serve food and drinks from the back end of their vehicles usually in a parking lot before or after a major public event (such as a football game, a concert, etc.) – Learnersdictionary.com

The Barn is the student area outside of the stadium, where you can get food and drinks, sponsored by Klondike Kate’s. There are also yard games, giant Connect 4 and giant Jenga.

The tailgate starts at 4:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the football game against rival Delaware State University begins inside the newly renovated Delaware Stadium. You will need your University ID card to get into the game for free!

Please note that while beer is available for purchase, Delaware state law says that you must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol. You will need to show a form of ID with your birth date in order to purchase beer.

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Karaoke Coffee Hour

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

Two students enjoy International Coffee Hour in the Trabant University Center with text overlay: Karaoke Coffee Hour

Come out to International Coffee Hour and take your turn with the microphone! (Or just listen, if you prefer.)

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Dance Party

Friday, September 13| 7-9 p.m. | Perkins Bacchus Theater map pin graphicFind on map

Students dancing with text overlay: Dance Party

Meet up with your friends and dance!

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Free bus trip to Washington, D.C.

Saturday, September 21

Washington Monument with text overlay: Free bus trip Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., capital of the U.S., is full of free museums, monuments and historical sites. From art to history to science, there is something for everyone to see near the National Mall!

Or, visit one of the city’s exciting neighborhoods for dining, shopping and plenty of chances to take great photos!

This trip is free for ELI students. $20 for all others. Family and friends are welcome!

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 ($20 bills and smaller only, please), 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
  • ELI | 318 S. College
  • INNternationale | 153 Courtney Place
  • George Read Hall, North Campus | 111 Christiana Drive

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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 | 4:30-5:30 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.

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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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