In this course, we will closely follow news reports from the English-speaking world and discuss them in class. All students will have to keep up with the latest news and current events during the week, using the webpage http://news.bbc.co.uk/. Each week, a group of students will lead a discussion, providing additional background information and suggesting points for debate. All students will then discuss the issues and events. Active participation is obligatory. This class will help you practise your speaking skills; you will learn how to construct arguments and convince others of your opinion. Furthermore, closely following news and events will increase your knowledge of various English-speaking countries and increase your understanding of their culture.