• Classroom Teaching

    Latest Updates:

    fall 2020 classes will be face-to-face      

    All CIES classes will be in-person (face-to-face) in the fall.  Classes will begin on August 24 as scheduled.  Orientation for new IEP students will be August 20 as planned.  Please plan on a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to come to the FSU campus.  Classes will be offered remotely for those students still in quarantine when classes begin, or for those students still in their home countries. 

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    Please feel free to 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.

  • Virtual tour

    Latest Updates:

    fall 2020 classes will be face-to-face      

    All CIES classes will be in-person (face-to-face) in the fall.  Classes will begin on August 24 as scheduled.  Orientation for new IEP students will be August 20 as planned.  Please plan on a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to come to the FSU campus.  Classes will be offered remotely for those students still in quarantine when classes begin, or for those students still in their home countries. 

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    Please feel free to 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.

    Experience a visit to CIES: Take our Virtual Tour

  • Jingle Bell Run

    Latest Updates:

    fall 2020 classes will be face-to-face      

    All CIES classes will be in-person (face-to-face) in the fall.  Classes will begin on August 24 as scheduled.  Orientation for new IEP students will be August 20 as planned.  Please plan on a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to come to the FSU campus.  Classes will be offered remotely for those students still in quarantine when classes begin, or for those students still in their home countries. 

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    Please feel free to 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.

  • Student presentation

    Latest Updates:

    fall 2020 classes will be face-to-face      

    All CIES classes will be in-person (face-to-face) in the fall.  Classes will begin on August 24 as scheduled.  Orientation for new IEP students will be August 20 as planned.  Please plan on a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to come to the FSU campus.  Classes will be offered remotely for those students still in quarantine when classes begin, or for those students still in their home countries. 

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    Please feel free to 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.

    Workshops for International Students

  • Two Friends

    Latest Updates:

    fall 2020 classes will be face-to-face      

    All CIES classes will be in-person (face-to-face) in the fall.  Classes will begin on August 24 as scheduled.  Orientation for new IEP students will be August 20 as planned.  Please plan on a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to come to the FSU campus.  Classes will be offered remotely for those students still in quarantine when classes begin, or for those students still in their home countries. 

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    Please feel free to 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.

  • Test Takers

    Latest Updates:

    fall 2020 classes will be face-to-face      

    All CIES classes will be in-person (face-to-face) in the fall.  Classes will begin on August 24 as scheduled.  Orientation for new IEP students will be August 20 as planned.  Please plan on a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to come to the FSU campus.  Classes will be offered remotely for those students still in quarantine when classes begin, or for those students still in their home countries. 

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    Please feel free to 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.

    Graduate Courses/EAP Courses

  • Soccer

    Latest Updates:

    fall 2020 classes will be face-to-face      

    All CIES classes will be in-person (face-to-face) in the fall.  Classes will begin on August 24 as scheduled.  Orientation for new IEP students will be August 20 as planned.  Please plan on a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to come to the FSU campus.  Classes will be offered remotely for those students still in quarantine when classes begin, or for those students still in their home countries. 

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    Please feel free to 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.

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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