The Intensive English Program (IEP) at UNL now offers three regular sessions during the academic year. The primary mission of the IEP is to help students prepare for academic study at UNL.
The IEP offers quality instruction in the core skill areas of grammar/usage, reading/writing, and listening/speaking. Special topics courses are offered on a rotating basis. Some of the more recent ones have focused on American Topics, Pronunciation, TOEFL® Preparation, and Current Events. We keep classes small and maintain multiple levels of study.
The classroom isn't the only learning environment in the IEP, though. Once or twice each session, faculty, staff, and students give the books a rest for a day and take a cultural field trip. Recent activities have included a tour of the Nebraska state Capitol, bowling, ice skating, an all-American cook-out, and a visit to a pumpkin patch with young students from Norwood Park elementary school in Lincoln. We believe these cultural events are key to giving our students a well-rounded educational experience.
Programs in English as a Second Language also offers a 4-week summer program for international teachers of English. Program participants will work with the university's 4-week Intensive English Program as they:
- experience US culture and university life
- improve their own English skills
- explore new language teaching opportunities
- interact with other language teaching professionals.
Participants in the program will receive books and all supporting instructional materials, enjoy out-of-class cultural activities such as trips to baseball games, be able to work with experienced mentor teachers in language and pedagogy classes, and will receive a Certificate of Program Completion.
While usually focused on the regular IEP sessions, PIESL is also committed to numerous special intensive English programs. We work with other administrative units at UNL as well as institutions worldwide to coordinate instruction and cultural activities for student groups on a contractual basis. In the summer months, especially, PIESL keeps very busy. During the summer of 2001, PIESL welcomed over 100 students who came to UNL for special English programs, including students from Chu Lin Secondary School in Taiwan, Senshu High School in Japan, and Senshu University in Japan.
PIESL extends a warm welcome to the National Collegiate Network of Japan, a new partner in providing quality English instruction. Since summer 2002, NCN students have joined the IEP student body in the 8- and 4-week sessions. As is the case with most of the IEP students, the students of NCN aim for degree programs at UNL. PIESL wishes all of them a pleasant and productive time in Lincoln!
Committed to continued growth, PIESL welcomes inquiries from any group that might be interested in arranging a curriculum of study beyond the offerings of the standard IEP. Please continue to visit this site, as well, for announcements of future special programs.
**Admittance to the Intensive English Program does not guarantee admittance to UNL. Students should appy directly to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions for admission to degree programs.