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Our International Conversation Café got off to a great start on Thursday, with nine participants from around the world ~ plus me. What came up?

Romance Studies: A Parisian participant talked a little about his field. And about how some people were not sure what “romance studies” actually meant. Laughter ensued.

Labor Day: Participants were used to celebrating in May. And without classes! Chinese participants said that workers there would typically get one day off in addition to the weekend (and that the holiday was previously longer).

How to improve speaking & conversation skills? After various conversation opportunities were highlighted, I suggested using a Writing Studio handout I created. http://twp.duke.edu/uploads/media_items/listening-conversation.original.pdf

And how about writing skills? Two student attendees learned about Writing Studio appointments: http://twp.duke.edu/twp-writing-studio

We wrapped things up with by chatting for a bit about various street fairs and other entertainment in the area, including:

Happy fall semester, Rene

Rene Caputo
Duke ESL Specialist, Thompson Writing Program
Instructor, English for International Students


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International Conversation Café

We have four more gatherings scheduled this semester.  Come on over to the Bryan Center and join in conversation with people from around the world!   Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30, Meeting Room B, March 21 and 28,  April 4 and 11

Writing Workshops 

Our East campus workshops are for Duke undergraduates and our West campus workshops are for international and ESL writers:

“Ask a Tutor” on Facebook

Post or privately message a question to receive an answer about a writing or citation concern from an experienced Writing Studio tutor: https://www.facebook.com/DukeUniversityWritingStudio

We hope you will participate in some of the above in addition to making regular tutoring appointments.

All the best,

Rene Caputo
ESL specialist

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