English Listening/Speaking for International Relations is designed to develop students' listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills in preparation for academic coursework at SAIS and professional environments. We will analyze and discuss a variety of current event topics by listening to news and radio programs, such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS programs, Cable News programs, and National Public Radio. Through active participation in classroom discussions, group activities, and debates, students will improve their communication skills and ability to express opinions on a variety of international relations and American studies topics. Although most coursework will focus on in-class activities, students will be expected to complete vocabulary and writing tasks related to the news reports. There is no required textbook for this course. Videos of documentaries on foreign affairs and American studies are available for viewing in the Multimedia Center.