Intensive English Center

Intensive English Center


Contact Us

Intensive English Center
108 Ruby Cora Webster Hall
Phone: 320-308-3062
Email: iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu
Fax: 320-308-5524

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Staff

Michael Schwartz, Ph.D.

Michael Schwartz, Ph.D.

IEC Director

320-308-3237 | Webster Hall (51-B) 107
mwschwartz@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Schwartz became the director of the IEC in August 2012. Michael has been involved with international student education for over 25 years. He began teaching EFL in Taiwan in the 1980s and earned his MA-TESL in 1989. In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque.

Before coming to St. Cloud, Michael taught intensive English in several different IEPs in the United States and abroad. Michael is also a member of the MA-TESL faculty where he teaches courses in Discourse Analysis and World Englishes. His research interests include translingualism, Second Language Writing, Second Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis, and World Englishes.

Michael has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, bicycling, camping, hiking, golfing and traveling.

John Grether

John Grether

IEC Coordinator

320-308-5108 | Webster Hall (51-B) 111
jdgrether@stcloudstate.edu

John has been working in the IEC since the program started in the late 1990s. In addition to holding a master's degree in TESL, he is also a licensed elementary teacher.

John teaches Technology Lab and American Culture in the IEC and teaches English 291 and English 463. He enjoys exposing his students to traditional Minnesota activities and takes them canoeing down the Mississippi river, ice skating at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and downhill skiing at Powder Ridge ski area.

Stephanie Trottier

IEC Office Manager

320-308-3062 | Webster Hall (51-B) Room 108
srtrottier@stcloudstate.edu

Teachers

Emilia Espinal

Emilia Espinal

Emilia was born and raised in the tropical waters of Honduras in Central America. As a native English speaker in a predominantly Spanish speaking country, she always had a passion for helping others develop their language skills. This led her to pursue her undergraduate studies in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the National University in Honduras.

After graduation, she taught for two years in a bilingual institution, acquiring valuable teaching experience and strategies in a variety of subjects ranging from English, to mathematics and science.

In the spring of 2018, she joined the IEC, hoping to continue her growth as a teacher and person.

Oscar Martinez Diaz

Oscar Martinez Diaz

Oscar was born and raised in El Salvador, Central America. He studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language in El Salvador. He has been teaching for over 8 years and has experience teaching in different levels, including the University of El Salvador in his native country. He is a techie guy who loves working with computers and video consoles. He speaks Spanish, English, and French. He is a passionate teacher who loves helping students to succeed through education. He has done a lot of volunteering in his country and in the United States and is currently studying his master's degree in SCSU. His hobbies include watching movies, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. He joined the IEC in spring 2019.

Bomi Rah

Bomi Rah

Bomi is originally from Seoul, South Korea and moved to St. Cloud in 2017. After graduating from college, she worked at Korean public elementary school for several years as a teacher and now trying to broaden her teaching experience to college students. Before working in IEC, she took part as a writing tutor in the Write Place and also tutored students in English 190 class with academic writing.

Now, she is pursuing her master’s degree in TESL and also trying to help students in IEC program to achieve their goals and aims in language learning.