This course is designed for new international students for whom English is not their first language as part of the LINGo program. Students will be placed in this class when appropriate. Students explore American culture and literature through challenging but accessible choices of short fiction such as "The Lottery" and "Everyday Use," drama, novels including The Secret Life of Bees, and poetry. A comedy from Shakespeare is included in this course (although it is not in keeping with the theme of American Literature) in order to give students as much exposure to his works as we can. Each student becomes familiar with the terms and methods for literary analysis which aid discussion and enhance her comprehension and enjoyment of texts from the various genres. Throughout the year, each student is supported as she raises her confidence and proficiency in spoken and written English. Upon the teacher’s recommendation, entry into the next level of the English program is facilitated when the student is ready to move up.