Intensive English Center
108 Ruby Cora Webster Hall
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 1980's, earned his MA-TESL in 1989. In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque.
Michael has taught English for academic purposes in Kansas, Guam, Missouri, New Mexico, and now Minnesota. As an associate professor in the MA-TESL program, Michael teaches courses in Language Assessment, Language and Culture, Global Englishes, and TESL Theory and Methods. His interests include translingualism, language assessment, language and culture and materials writing. He has edited a textbook on culture for use in English language programs for international students new to the United States and has curated a collection of Open Educational Resources (OER) intended for English Language Learners. The OERs can be accessed here.
Michael has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, bicycling, camping, hiking, golfing and traveling.
Moises Perez is an international student and teacher from El Salvador. He studied a Bachelor’s degree in Applied linguistics with specialty in English as a foreign language. He has been an English teacher since 2015, and has worked with young learners, teenagers and adults in all proficiency levels.
Moises holds a Salvadoran accreditation for teaching English to workers of all fields, and worked at a binational institution from 2018 until his arrival to Saint Cloud State University in August 2021. Now, he is teaching in the intensive English center to student from around the world in order to help them improve their English skills.
His research interests include, second language acquisition, teaching methods for first/ second language learning, and social media influence in language learning. In addition, in his free time, he enjoys doing sports, working out, spending time with friends, playing video games, and learning new things.
B.A. Vanessa Argueta graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language in December 2018, at Gerardo Barrios University, San Miguel, El Salvador. Her experience started teaching English at a public school in her home country from March to June 2017, later she taught Spanish to third graders at the immersion school “Lakes International Language Academy”, Forest Lake, MN. During the school year 2017-2018, after the school year finished, she went back to her home country and started working as an English teacher. She has taught students from different levels, from 5-year-old children up to adults who are enrolled in college English courses as part of their majors, teaching English as a Foreign Language has been an enriching experience for her. In her free time, she likes to listen to music and sing her favorite songs as much as she enjoys dancing, she loves nature and almost everything related to it, for example camping, hiking, walking, biking, taking pictures of the landscapes, etc. Nowadays she is studying her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at St. Cloud State University with the hope of becoming a better version of the professional she already is.
Galyna is from Ukraine and embraces the idea of bilingualism. Her passion for languages and online learning has paved her way into edtech.
After completing her B.A. in English, Galyna joined an edtech startup as a fully remote Lead Instructional Designer. Applying for the M.A. TESL program has been on her to-do list, so Galyna is looking forward to a new in-person adventure and connecting with people from around the globe.
Gloria Stefany Reyes Aparicio is from El Salvador and they worked as an English teacher there since 2017. They love to have challenges in their work area because it makes them give the best of themselves. They're a person who loves to know new places. Gloria's favorite color is green, they're a dog lover and in their free time, they like to have fun with their family and friends. Their main goal in life is to enjoy their job to the fullest without regrets and always try to give the best of themselves teaching the way they would have liked to learn. At first glance, they look very serious but the reality is totally different when you approach them because they am always willing to meet new people to learn from them. So if you meet them at the university or wherever, feel free to say hello and they’ll be glad to talk to you.
Hello! My name is Eunju Ahn. I am from South Korea. I have been sharing my enthusiasm in teaching English for many years, and I’ve worked with English learners of all levels and specialize in English reading, grammar, and writing. I am greatly passionate about my profession and love helping others improve their English skills. I am thrilled about this opportunity, so I look forward to seeing you in class soon!