Group Courses

groupCourses-1PIA offers exciting opportunities for groups to study English and experience life in the US. Study options include Experience America and Short-term English. Experience America is an English and culture course that helps students improve their language skills and explore local culture. Short-term English is a customizable course that can be designed to meet students’ interests and academic needs.

Experience America

  • A 4-week interactive culture and language course
  • Field trips to cultural sites
  • Communication-focused English classes
  • Volunteer experiences

Example Summer Schedule: Experience America, Week 3

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Optional Activity: River Rafting

ESL Class

Optional Activity: Bowling and Pizza

ESL Class

Optional Activity: Outlet Shopping

Volunteering

ESL Class

Optional Activity: Oregon Zoo and Rose Garden

Action Project: Urban and Suburban Lifestyles

Here is PIA’s Experience America brochure for Summer 2017!

Short-term English

  • 1 to 4 weeks
  • Customized to group’s interest
  • Can include a mix of English classes and field trips
  • Topics can include one to four focus areas
    • Survival English
    • Conversation Skills
    • US Culture
    • Tourism and Vocational Language Support

Contact PIA at info@piaschools.edu to design a course for your group!

Example Schedules: Customizable Short-term English courses

Conversation Skills and U.S. Culture

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mornings
ESL Class
ESL Class
ESL Class
ESL Class
ESL Class
Afternoons
Visit local police and fire departments
Trip to local high school
Volunteer at nonprofit organization helping local children
Shopping outing
Explore downtown Portland and practice English conversation

US Culture Plus Tourism and Vocational Language Support

Focus on Sustainability and the Environment
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mornings
ESL Class
ESL Class
ESL Class
ESL Class
ESL Class
Afternoons
Visit forestry center
Volunteer to plant trees and learn about environmental projects in Oregon
Tour a local green building and meet a community leader working on solar energy
Visit Bonneville Dam and learn about hydroelectric power
Student presentations on week’s topics