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In our International Conversation Café gathering today, we talked about everyone’s spring break, the basketball craze, and upcoming holidays.

March Madness…Yes, the craziness surrounding the basketball tournaments of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is back! If you want to play with brackets for the games, below are links for you.

ESPN bracket website for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament: http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2015/en/game  You likely need to create an ESPN account to participate.

Men’s basketball bracket to print:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/15/march-madness-2015-bracket_n_6874646.html

Women’s bracket for you: http://fansided.com/2015/03/16/printable-2015-ncaa-womens-tournament-bracket/

After discussing why Duke University’s team was in a group that did not include the University of Carolina, among other things, we moved on to answer questions about our springtime holidays. Below are links to local events that you might want to attend.

If you’re in the mood to check out an egg hunt (suitable for children), here’s one in Hillsborough, March 28 or March 29, depending on the weather: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/parks-recreation/festivals-events/children-s-egg-hunt

Easter sunrise service, Duke Gardens:
http://raleigh.eventful.com/events/easter-sunrise-service-duke-/E0-001-075316041-2@2015040506

Duke Chapel events: https://chapel.duke.edu/events

Passover events at Duke: http://bestevents.us/durham-passover-at-duke-2015/320460

Our conversation group will be back in two weeks, on April 2!   Next week, I will be busy giving a presentation at the TESOL International Conference with a colleague.

All the best,
Rene Caputo
ESL Specialist, Thompson Writing Program
Instructor, Duke Graduate School

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In our final International Conversation Cafe gathering of the semester, one of the main subjects for discussion was massive open online courses, known as MOOCs.  This topic was prompted by a cover story in The Chronicle, Duke’s student newspaper.  Below is information about major sources for such courses, which cover a wide range of disciplines.

Coursera website: https://www.coursera.org/
Free Duke online writing course begins April 21: https://www.coursera.org/course/composition

EdX website: https://www.edx.org/
Berkeley Courses:  Principles of Written English, parts 1 and 2 (archived):
https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-colwri2-1x-principles-1194#.U1akaMdRFNk
https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-colwri2-2x-principles-1348#.U1GQXcdRFNk

You might also want to do a Google search for iTunes U, as one of our participants noted, to learn about the courses offered there.

We later talked about Easter and Passover, which some of our participants were curious about. We found more than one explanation for the origins of the word Easter, including that it came from the name of a pagan goddess. If you’re interested in Easter-related events at Duke Chapel, head here:  https://chapel.duke.edu/events

We also discovered some information about Passover ~ and Duke activities related to that ~ here: http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/jewishlife/shabbat-and-holidays/passover-duke

Wishing you a good weekend and springtime, whatever you may or may not celebrate,

Rene Caputo
Duke ESL Specialist
Thompson Writing Program and Writing Studio

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