A major aim of this course is to help students transition from high school English to college/academic English. Thus, the course will introduce students to important cultural texts and ways to engage with these texts critically. Both academic and media texts, in print and audiovisual modes, will be used, in the form of guided reading and student presentations/discussions, individually as well as in pairs and groups. Another goal of the course is to help students improve their listening and speaking. For this component of the course, a variety of popular culture texts will be viewed and discussed. The medium of instruction for this course is English.