This course is designed for new international students for whom English is a newly-acquired language or who have not attended an American school before. Students explore American culture and literature through challenging and accessible choices of short fiction, drama, novels, and poetry. Each student becomes familiar with the terms and methods for literary analysis; creative writing is also an essential part of this course. Every student is coached to fluency in written and spoken English during class discussions. Students will also learn the conventions of MLA style and the writing process. Upon the teacher’s recommendation, entry into the next level of the English program is facilitated when the student is ready.