Learn the English Language

The Program in Intensive English (PIE ) is a full-time program for non-native English speakers, with a focus on improving the English proficiency and academic preparedness of international students.

Our program increases academic English skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  International students who complete this program are prepared to begin taking university classes.

Almost all PIE students are conditionally admitted to Northern Arizona University.

If you are a teacher or researcher, PIE can connect you to educational and observational opportunities that further the understanding of applied linguistics.


PIE helps three types of students:

  • Degree-seeking  students who have not met NAU English language requirements
  • Non-degree-seeking students who wish to study English as a Second Language 
  • Groups of students who want a short-term program of study


Our instructional staff consists of two groups:

Lecturers and Instructors

  • Full-time faculty members with MA degrees in the field of TESL

Graduate Teaching Assistants

  • PhD students with MA-TESL degrees
  • Advanced MA-TESL students


If you are interested in exploring second language teaching and learning, we have plenty of opportunities for you within PIE.