Intensive English Center

Intensive English Center


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Intensive English Center
108 51 Building
320-308-3062
iec@stcloudstate.edu

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Email: iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu
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Staff

Michael Schwartz, Ph.D.

Michael Schwartz, Ph.D.

IEC Director

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

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.

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.

Rhoda Fagerland

Rhoda Fagerland

Full-time non-probationary teacher

Rhoda teaches full-time in the Intensive English Center. Prior to earning her master's degree in TESL from St. Cloud State, she taught EFL in Asia for 10 years. She loves developing innovative ways to help her students improve their English skills.
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.
Sophia Logvinenko

Sophia Logvinenko

Sophia grew up in Moscow, Russia. She earned her master’s degree in psychology from the State Academy of Slavic Culture in Moscow. She is interested in psychological aspects of language acquisition, such as motivation and cognitive style, and which role they play in the learning process.

Before coming to St. Cloud, Sophia was an English tutor in Moscow. She is pursuing a master’s degree in TESL at St. Cloud State. In her free time, she enjoys fitness classes, martial arts and surfing. She also dedicates her time to cooking, watching movies and reading books.

Hayley Miller

Nimna Perera

Nimna Perera

Nimna Perera was born and raised in Sri Lanka, a South Asian nation where English serves as a a link-language.

She completed her bachelor's degree in English language and literature at the University of Sri Jayewardeneppura, Sri Lanka. She is pursuing her master's degree in TESL at St. Cloud State. She is interested in the fields of socio-linguistics and second-language acquisition. Photography, travelling and reading are her ways of passing free time.

Ekkarat Ruanglertsilp

Ekkarat Ruanglertsilp

I was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I received my bachelor's degree in English from Chiang Mai University. In 2012, I earned a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study linguistics as an exchange student at St. Cloud State.

I am pursuing a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at St. Cloud State. as well as teaching in the Intensive English Center. Prior to my Master's study, I have worked as a young learner assistant at a private British language school in Thailand, and a private English tutor. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching reality TV shows and spending time with family and friends.