This course aims to keep students updated about international and cultural issues being reported on world media, plus intensive training in listening. The reading materials will mainly be selected from Time, Asiaweek, The Economist, New York Times, and other reputable publications. The training will enhance students’ reading comprehension and build up advanced vocabulary. Two hours per week will be devoted to listening practices through which students will be acquainted with spoken English in various accents, at different speeds, for numerous purposes, and on diverse topics. For listening, we will use multi-media sources from the Internet, video clips, interviews, radio programs, lectures, songs, and so on.