The Program in Intensive English (PIE) prepares you for
academic success at a US university. You'll be able to study for a Northern Arizona University degree when you finish our English program—while enjoying the benefits of a full-time student in the meantime.
In this program, you will:
- work to improve your English skills by taking
full-time English language coursework
- develop your study skills in a university
- gain confidence in yourself as a student and as
an English speaker
- make friends in the university student community
- immerse yourself in American culture
- have access to university services, facilities, and activities:
- opportunity to live on campus
- check out books from the library
- use the NAU Recreation Center
- and more...
How the program
After you apply to PIE and are accepted to the
university, you will take the placement test and be assigned to one of the following levels of instruction based on your placement test score. Students attend 20 hours of instruction per week in Fall/Spring and 26 hours per week in Summer.
Level 2 is General English and
students use their language knowledge and ability to go beyond simple exchanges
of information into the realm of elaboration.
At this level, students process information in order to produce longer
spoken and written texts, and also develop their ability to sustain reading and
conversation. Students with TOEFL scores of 16 - 31 (IELTS score 0-4) may be placed in level 2. View Level 2 courses.
In Level 3, students acquire and demonstrate knowledge and language
abilities for academic purposes with significant support. At this level,
students’ process simplified academic input in order to produce spoken and
written texts. Students with TOEFL scores of 32-44 (IELTS score 4-5) may be placed in level 3. View Level 3 courses.
In Level 4, students acquire knowledge and demonstrate language
abilities for academic purposes. This
level provides students opportunities to engage with adapted academic reading,
writing, listening and speaking. Students
respond critically to academic texts while developing their vocabulary
knowledge. At this level, students begin
to draft longer essays that display complexity in organization and content. Students with TOEFL scores of 45 - 56 (IELTS score 5-5.5) may be placed in level 4. View Level 4 courses.
In Level 5, students gain the language knowledge and skills necessary to
be prepared for study at the university. This level provides the necessary
transition from intensive language study to university study. Students become
fluent in listening to authentic academic lectures. They learn to apply reading
strategies independently in order to successfully comprehend and discuss
academic texts. Students at this level study a wide-range of academic
vocabulary and apply it in written and spoken contexts. Students with TOEFL scores of 57-69 (IELTS score 5.5-6) may be placed in level 5.View Level 5 courses.
Note: Undergraduate degree-seeking
students who complete Level 5 may then enroll in regular NAU courses.
In Level 6, students gain the language knowledge and abilities necessary
to be prepared for study at the university. Students listen to authentic
academic passages and lectures and read adapted academic texts in order to
learn and use academic vocabulary and complex grammatical structures to
complete both academic written and spoken tasks. Students with TOEFL scores of 70+ (IELTS score above 6) may be placed in level 6. View Level 6 courses.
View our program courses to learn what classes you will take as a student in PIE.