Courses in PIE

Through the Program in Intensive English, you will take classes that prepare you to begin academic courses at Northern Arizona University. Enjoy small class sizes and instruction from accomplished teachers.

Courses in PIE

As a PIE student, you can take these courses:

CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2-5 hours per week)

This course is designed to provide students with structured practice through interactive computer-assisted language learning software.  A major component of this course involves pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary practice through listening, speaking, and reading exercises.  The course also aims at providing students with basic academic computer skills.  Another major goal of this course is learner autonomy.  Students are responsible for their own progress and are expected to do extra work to learn on their own.  (Levels 1-4)

Content Based Instruction (CBI) class (6 hours per week)

This course uses content-based instruction which integrates all aspects of language use (reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking).  The CBI courses range from content-based thematic units involving 24-27 hours of instruction per theme to sheltered adjunct courses requiring students to attend an actual university class.  (Levels 3 and 4)

Grammar and Writing (2 hours per week)

This course provides explicit grammar instruction and practice with writing accurately in English.  (Levels 1 - 3)

Listening and Speaking (4 - 6 hours per week)

This course focuses on strategies and skills for listening comprehension and speaking fluency and accuracy.  This course helps students with the oral skills required for university classes including participating effectively in class discussions, giving oral presentations, and understanding classroom lectures.  (Levels 1-6)

Projects (3 hours per week)

The course combines reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Students will use the vocabulary, grammar, and information from Reading/Writing class and Listening/Speaking class to complete activiites, create projects, and give presentations similar to those found in university classes. (Level 2)

Reading and Writing (6 hours per week)

This course helps you with your English reading and writing skills, and prepares you for the English speaking classroom.

Readers' Workshop (2 hours per week)  

This course meets twice a week and promotes the importance of reading as a key to academic success by helping students practice reading fluency and reading strategies in order to improve comprehension and develop positive attitudes toward reading.  (Levels 1-4)

Vocabulary (3 hours per week)

This course provides students with the basic vocabulary they need to progress through the academic English program. (Level 1)

Writing (6 hours per week)

This course provides instruction and practice in process-based writing that helps students gain greater control over various genres of academic writing. (Levels 5 - 6)

Writers' Workshop (2 hours per week)

This course meets twice a week and provides students with writing practice and strategies. (Levels 4 -6)

Assessment in PIE

In addition to the placement exam, the PIE gives achievement tests two times each semester (around weeks 7 and 14) that assess students' progress in the four skill areas:

  • reading
  • writing
  • listening
  • speaking

These assessments provide feedback on student progress and help to identify students who are struggling in the program.