• Program for Intensive English (PIE)

    CCC is approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to accept qualified students from other countries. Students admitted to the Program for Intensive English will take placement tests upon arrival. Students pursuing a college level course of study can submit TOEFL scores (minimum scores: 500 paper-based, 173 computer-based, 61 internet-based tests), provide previous college coursework or take a placement test upon arrival, to determine placement.

    How do I apply?

     Please visit our International Student Admissions page for more information.

  • Program for Intensive English (PIE) (PIE)

    PIE-011: PIE Tutoring

    [ All Terms | 0 - credits ]

    Designed for the Program for Intensive English students who need one-on-one instruction in conversation, pronunciation, reading, grammar, writing, or GED preparation. The students meet with a tutor or instructor and work on the above skill areas. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-022: Beginning ESL

    [ All Terms | 0 - credits ]

    Introduces the language necessary to function in day-to-day American society at the beginning level; listening, speaking, reading, and writing are taught in the contexts of work, family, and community. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-033: Intermediate Conversation

    [ All Terms | 3 - credits ]

    Intermediate-level students study and practice speaking and listening to improve their fluency in English for living and working situations. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-034: Upper Intermediate Conversation

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course is for upper-intermediate non-native speakers of English who want to learn and practice speaking and listening to improve their fluency in English for living and working situations. Emphasis will be on developing conversational skills as needed for success in meeting personal, educational, family, and workplace goals. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-040: Beginning Grammar

    [ All Terms | 0 - credits ]

    Presentation and practice the simple present tense of the verb 'to be,' nouns, descriptive and possessive adjectives, prepositions of place and time, and simple sentence structures in written and spoken English. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-041: Upper Beginning Grammar

    [ All Terms | 0 - credits ]

    Class will present and practice verb tenses (simple present, simple past, and present progressive), adverbs of frequency, articles, and nouns in written and spoken English. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-042: Intermediate Grammar A

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Part A of a two-part series. Present and practice the formation and use of the simple present and present progressive with a focus on non-action verbs and extended time, simple past, past progressive, use to, the future, and wh-questions in written and spoken English. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-043: Intermediate Grammar B

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Part B of a two-part series. Present and practice present perfect with time expressions and adverbs of frequency, modals of ability, permission and advice; and comparative and superlative adjectives in written and spoken English. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-044: Upper Intermediate Grammar A

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Part A of a two-part series. Present and practice verb forms that frequently occur together, gerunds and infinitives, and causative verbs in written and spoken English. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-045: Upper Intermediate Grammar B

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Part B of a two-part series. Present and practice adjective clauses, phrasal verbs, and passive voice in written and spoken English. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-049: Beginning Reading & Writing

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 0 - credits ]

    This course is designed to teach beginning-level students who have limited knowledge of written English. Students will practice alphabet recognition, read and write short sentences, study new vocabulary, read short paragraphs, and gain reading and scanning skills to use in everyday life and in the workplace. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-050: Upper Beginning Reading & Writing

    [ All Terms | 0 - credits ]

    This class is designed for the upper-beginning level student who reads and writes at the sentence level. Students will read short texts in order to improve reading skills. Students will write a variety of sentences and put related sentences in paragraph form. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-053: Intermediate Reading/Writing

    [ All Terms | 6 - credits ]

    This course is designed for the intermediate-level student who is ready to begin writing at the paragraph level. The major purpose of the course is to improve the student's reading and writing skills as needed for more advanced ESL and college courses, in the workplace, and in everyday life. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-054: Upper Intermediate Reading & Writing

    [ All Terms | 6 - credits ]

    Upper-intermediate students will practice reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college, the workplace, and everyday life. Introduction to multiple paragraph essays. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-060: Pronunciation A

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    For intermediate and higher-level students who want to sound more natural when speaking English. Focuses on increasing awareness of the sounds of American English, improving intelligibility, and producing speech more fluently. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-061: Pronunciation B

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This class is for students at the intermediate-level or higher who want to sound more natural when speaking English. Activities will focus on increasing student awareness of the sounds of American English, improving intelligibility, and producing speech more fluently. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-063: Idioms & Conversation A

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course is part A of a two-part series of classes that introduces common American idioms while practicing conversation skills at the upper-intermediate level. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-064: Idioms & Conversation B

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course is part B of a two-part series of classes that introduces common American idioms while practicing conversation skills at the upper intermediate level. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-070: Computer Lab

    [ All Terms | 0 - credits ]

    Provides opportunities to improve English language skills by using language learning software and Internet websites. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-080: TOEFL/TOEIC Preparation

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 0 - credits ]

    Prepares students for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) by improving listening, grammar, reading and writing skills. It includes familiarization with test components, test-taking techniques, strategies and computer skills. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-081: Bridge to Computers

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course introduces computer skills for intermediate and higher non-native speakers of English. Course includes an overview of computer components and terminology and an introduction to applications such as word processing, Internet, e-mail, presentation, and other software. English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are developed through a variety of computer projects and interactive classroom work. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-082: Spelling

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course will present and provide opportunities to practice English spelling patterns and rules and individualize instruction to address spelling challenges. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-083: Vocabulary Building A

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Part A of a two-part series of classes in which upper-intermediate and advanced level students will develop their passive and active vocabularies through numerous exposures to selected words from the General Service List and from the Academic Word List, and will develop their vocabulary acquisition skills. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-084: Vocabulary Building B

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Part B of a two-part series of classes in which upper-intermediate and advanced level students will develop their passive and active vocabularies through numerous exposures to selected words from the General Service List and from the Academic Word List, and will develop their vocabulary acquisition skills. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-085: Editing A

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    In this course, upper-intermediate and higher-level students will improve their writing through editing. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-087: Editing for Better Writing

    [ All Terms | 6 - credits ]

    In this course, upper-intermediate and higher-level students will improve their writing through editing. They will also engage in extended reading to provide a context for writing. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-090: Academic Success

    [ All Terms | 0 - credits ]

    Designed for international students entering Clackamas Community College for the first time. Students learn about college policies and procedures, students' rights and responsibilities, matriculation procedures, linguistic and cultural adjustment, and laws affecting students. Required: Instructor consent.

    PIE-091: PIE Study Skills 1st Yr Fall

    [ Fall Term | 0 - credits ]

    This first year course is designed to intensify Program for Intensive English students' learning at each level of their program. Fall term, students build on the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills acquired during the previous and current terms.

    PIE-092: PIE Study Skills 1st Yr WI

    [ Winter Term | 0 - credits ]

    This first year is intended to intensify Program for Intensive English students' learning at each level of their program. Winter term, students build on the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills acquired during the previous and current terms.


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