• Classroom Teaching

    Latest Updates:

    Spring 2021 Scheduling Changes

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The TEFL Certificate class is now online!  Please contact us at cies@fsu.edu for details.

    CIES classes will begin on January 6, 2021 as planned.  However, ALL classes will be remote for the first week and a half.  Regular face-to-face classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  We will still use a Hybrid format, so students can choose to attend classes in person or attend via Zoom.

    Spring Break has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Therefore, regular classes will be held during this week.  Because of this change, the Spring II, 2021 session will now finish one week earlier or on April 9, 2021.

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    Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at pkennell@fsu.edu or Josh Valentine at jjvalentine@fsu.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.  

    WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618  

  • Virtual tour

    Latest Updates:

    Spring 2021 Scheduling Changes

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The TEFL Certificate class is now online!  Please contact us at cies@fsu.edu for details.

    CIES classes will begin on January 6, 2021 as planned.  However, ALL classes will be remote for the first week and a half.  Regular face-to-face classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will still use a Hybrid format, so students can choose to attend classes in person or attend via Zoom.

    Spring Break has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Therefore, regular classes will be held during this week.  Because of this change, the Spring II, 2021 session will now finish one week earlier or on April 9, 2021.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at pkennell@fsu.edu or Josh Valentine at jjvalentine@fsu.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.

    WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618 

    Experience a visit to CIES: Take our Virtual Tour

  • Jingle Bell Run

    Latest Updates:

    Spring 2021 Scheduling Changes

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The TEFL Certificate class is now online!  Please contact us at cies@fsu.edu for details.

    CIES classes will begin on January 6, 2021 as planned.  However, ALL classes will be remote for the first week and a half.  Regular face-to-face classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will still use a Hybrid format, so students can choose to attend classes in person or attend via Zoom.

    Spring Break has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Therefore, regular classes will be held during this week.  Because of this change, the Spring II, 2021 session will now finish one week earlier or on April 9, 2021.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at pkennell@fsu.edu or Josh Valentine at jjvalentine@fsu.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.

    WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618 

  • Student presentation

    Latest Updates:

    Spring 2021 Scheduling Changes

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The TEFL Certificate class is now online!  Please contact us at cies@fsu.edu for details.

    CIES classes will begin on January 6, 2021 as planned.  However, ALL classes will be remote for the first week and a half.  Regular face-to-face classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will still use a Hybrid format, so students can choose to attend classes in person or attend via Zoom.

    Spring Break has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Therefore, regular classes will be held during this week.  Because of this change, the Spring II, 2021 session will now finish one week earlier or on April 9, 2021.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at pkennell@fsu.edu or Josh Valentine at jjvalentine@fsu.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.

    WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618 

    Workshops for International Students

  • Two Friends

    Latest Updates:

    Spring 2021 Scheduling Changes

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The TEFL Certificate class is now online!  Please contact us at cies@fsu.edu for details.

    CIES classes will begin on January 6, 2021 as planned.  However, ALL classes will be remote for the first week and a half.  Regular face-to-face classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will still use a Hybrid format, so students can choose to attend classes in person or attend via Zoom.

    Spring Break has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Therefore, regular classes will be held during this week.  Because of this change, the Spring II, 2021 session will now finish one week earlier or on April 9, 2021.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at pkennell@fsu.edu or Josh Valentine at jjvalentine@fsu.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.

    WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618 

  • Test Takers

    Latest Updates:

    Spring 2021 Scheduling Changes

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The TEFL Certificate class is now online!  Please contact us at cies@fsu.edu for details.

    CIES classes will begin on January 6, 2021 as planned.  However, ALL classes will be remote for the first week and a half.  Regular face-to-face classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will still use a Hybrid format, so students can choose to attend classes in person or attend via Zoom.

    Spring Break has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Therefore, regular classes will be held during this week.  Because of this change, the Spring II, 2021 session will now finish one week earlier or on April 9, 2021.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at pkennell@fsu.edu or Josh Valentine at jjvalentine@fsu.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.

    WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618 

    Graduate Courses/EAP Courses

  • Soccer

    Latest Updates:

    Spring 2021 Scheduling Changes

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The TEFL Certificate class is now online!  Please contact us at cies@fsu.edu for details.

    CIES classes will begin on January 6, 2021 as planned.  However, ALL classes will be remote for the first week and a half.  Regular face-to-face classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will still use a Hybrid format, so students can choose to attend classes in person or attend via Zoom.

    Spring Break has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Therefore, regular classes will be held during this week.  Because of this change, the Spring II, 2021 session will now finish one week earlier or on April 9, 2021.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at pkennell@fsu.edu or Josh Valentine at jjvalentine@fsu.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.

    WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618 

Teaching Philosophy

NEW_teaching_philosophy_large.jpgAt the FSU Center for Intensive English Studies, we teach English as a skill to be used, not as a subject to be studied. All of our instruction stems from this idea. We constantly push our students to use their English in various academic and social situations. Our main goal is to get our students to become "automatic" at both processing and producing English.

We know that the only way to get better at speaking English is to speak English, and the only way to get better at reading in English is to read in English, etc. Therefore, we have a very strict "English Only" policy at CIES in which our students must only speak English while in the Center. In addition, we also push our students by getting them to read a lot, write a lot, and listen to a lot of English in order for them to become automatic at these skills.

As students begin to use their English they will make mistakes. This is a natural part of learning any skill and we view these mistakes as "beautiful" because they give us a chance to give our students feedback and help them develop their language. Our students receive detailed, specific feedback regularly as we believe that error correction is essential to developing one's skills in using English.

The final part of our philosophy is the feelings of our students. A student who is happy and feels safe and enthusiastic, is a student who will learn more effectively and much more quickly than a student who is unhappy and unmotivated. Therefore, creating and maintaining a "family-like" atmosphere among the students, staff and teachers of CIES is vital to our instruction.

If our students leave CIES confident in their ability to use English in all situations, and they are full of happy memories that will last a lifetime, then we will have done our job.

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Abdullah, Saudi Arabia

“CIES is the place to learn English because the teachers there are willing to help us learn the language, not just do their job and leave at the end of the day. They still correct my mistakes even after I graduated! I have learned a lot in only a year and a half at CIES. I went from zero English to excellent, I guess. :)”

Alix, Burkina Faso

“CIES is an incredible place for me. The friendly environment created by teachers and all the staff members put me at ease in the learning process, and also facilitated my integration in the US. The values of respect, hard work and open mindedness enforced by CIES drive me throughout my education as well as my life. I thank everyone there for supporting and creating opportunities for each one of their students.”

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