Trips and activities | Session 2 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 2?

Special activities and trips:


Meet-n-Greet: Halloween Picnic

Thursday, October 31 | 1-4 p.m. | 189 W. Main Street map pin graphicFind on map

Blue bat outline on yellow pumpkin

Meet your classmates at the first event of the session–the ELI’s annual Halloween picnic.

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Launch Trampoline Park and Arcade

Thursday, November 7 | 5-8 p.m.

Outline of a person jumping on a trampoline

Enjoy an evening with friends and family at Launch Trampoline Park and Arcade—newly renovated. The bus will pick up at 318 S. College Avenue at 5 p.m. and will drop off there at 8 p.m.

Be sure to wear clothing that is comfortable for jumping! You will need to bring an ID card and should bring your insurance card. The cost is $22.50 per person for 2 hours of jumping ($20 for jumping time plus $2.50 for “official jumping” socks).

You may want to bring some additional money to pay for food and drinks at Launch or to play in the arcade.

Learn more about Launch >

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Healthy Living at the ELI

Wednesday, November 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 108 E. Main Street

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How do you stay healthy while studying at the ELI?
Topics include:

  • Food Culture Shock
  • Healthy options on Main Street and in the dining halls
  • Sleep
  • Stress reduction

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Festival of Nations

Tuesday, November 19 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Trabant University Center map pin graphicFind on map

One yellow and one blue lantern

Festival of Nations is our premiere event of the year! Hosted by ELI student, faculty and staff, Festival of Nations showcases our various cultures, fashion and talent!

There are three ways you can get involved:

Culture fair: Share your culture through clothing, decorations, and other artifacts.  Some students will often offer to write visitors’ names in the language of their country (e.g., simplified Chinese, Arabic, etc.), play some music from their home country, and offer small treats and candies that are typical in their homeland.
Talent show: Perform a traditional dance from your country, share music and singing, or a martial arts display.
Fashion show: Model traditional fashions from around the world. These may include beautiful headdresses, tunics, scarves, wedding dresses, and more.

Look for more information about signing up, coming soon!

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Free bus trip to New York City

Saturday, December 7

Yellow silhouette of the Statue of Liberty with a blue outline of an apple.

Here is your chance to see New York City (the “Big Apple”) when it is lit up for the holidays!

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 ELI students the day of the trip.

Bus schedule

  • Bus departs The Retreat | 500 Hamlet Way, Newark DE | 6:30 a.m.
  • Bus departs ELI | 318 S. College | 7 a.m.
  • Bus departs Washington, D.C. | 7 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 Holiday Party

Thursday, December 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Embassy Suites, Newark

Mark your calendar for the evening of Thursday, December 12. The annual ELI holiday party is free for student, faculty, staff and guests. Families and homestay hosts are welcome! Look for information on reserving your tickets for this festive tradition.
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ELI Book Club

Every Tuesday at 2 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 2 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.

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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