Intensive English Center

Intensive English Center


Contact Us

Intensive English Center
108 Ruby Cora Webster Hall
320-308-3062
iec@stcloudstate.edu

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Email: iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu
Phone: 320-308-3062

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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

Joseph Bukowski

Joseph Bukowski

Joseph joins the IEC in his fourth semester, after spending the previous three traveling the world. His passion for experiencing other cultures has brought him to several countries including the Netherlands, France, Thailand, and Australia.  To further satisfy his passion for understanding the various dialects of American English, Joseph travelled to all 48 contiguous United States while completing his fall semester coursework online.

Joseph aims to connect cultures through helping students comprehend the similarity of language through linguistic comparison. It is his belief that despite our orientations, races, languages, or cultures, we are all very connected as humans.

An avid skateboarder and roller-skater, Joseph can be found rolling around the Saint Cloud community with his English Bulldog, Mugsy Bogues, or coaching the Saint Cloud Area Roller Derby travel team.

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.

Seiko Hayashi

Seiko Hayashi

Seiko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.  She received her bachelor's degree in English and American Literature from Toyo University, Japan. She is pursuing her master's degree in Rhetoric and Writing, and TESL at St. Cloud State. Before teaching in the IEC, she was a writing tutor at the Write Place. She is interested in academic writing and ESL writing.

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.