Teaches students to become active readers by using a variety of strategies to comprehend and formulate responses to advanced texts through writing and speaking. Through both intensive and extensive reading, students begin to make connections to academic disciplines and their personal experience. Students develop academic vocabulary and study skills, introductory research skills, and multimedia literacy. Disciplinary literacy is developed through a theme-based approach that reflects the diversity of the student population and the global nature of society. NOTE: Course offered fall, spring, and may be offered during additional sessions.