COM-3711P American Media
Second language speakers often find that while mastering the art of conversation, they still have trouble following movies, television or radio in another language. This class will focus on practicing Standard US English through the use of US media, as well as introducing how the evolution of US media has shaped the culture. TV newscasts, radio programs, documentaries, sports, sitcoms and movies that reflect how Americans use the English language to express their culture and opinions will be viewed. This course is intended to improve and enhance student comprehension of the spoken idiomatic and colloquial use of US English. Emphasis will be on comprehension of Standard US English spoken with slang and colloquialism through US media. Subtitles will not be used.