Students continue their study of Khmer literacy and formal speaking begun in the fall. Topics include current events in Cambodia, Cambodian history and politics, and a basic overview of Khmer literature. Much of this study will be accomplished by working on projects in groups with other students. A Khmer novel will be read in its entirety, and some meters of Khmer poetry will be learned. All students will design and carry out an independent research project on the topic of their choice (which will account for 30% of the final grade), and present their research at the end of the second semester to an audience of their peers, entirely in Khmer.