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TSIE / English Support

TSIE Conversation Partner Program 

In the same way that TSIE’s Conversation Circle (see below) brings international TSIE students together with American students through internationally-focused, on-campus events, the TSIE Conversation Partner Program also facilitates the sharing of diversity among Texas State students.  This program pairs individual TSIE students with an American Texas State student.  Each pair is assigned by the TSIE office but the pairs have complete freedom over the topics exchanged.  Each pair traditionally meets an average of 1 hour per week during the regular semesters (fall and spring).  The TSIE student and the American student are responsible for arranging a meeting as well as what will be discussed, be it formal tutoring or casual conversation. This program is free of charge and open to all interested Texas State students of all academic levels.

To participate in TSIE's Conversation Partner Program, complete the application ONLINE HERE or turn in the form below to the TSIE office (Thornton International House, Room 300).

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Conversation Circle

Every semester, TSIE provides its students with an opportunity for English conversation with American students outside of the classroom environment.  Various organizations, teams, special students, presenters, and others from the local community and/or Texas State University-San Marcos are invited to give a short presentation on a topic.  These topics have ranged from the jobs available in Texas, to the food served on campus, to safety tips from the police, to Texas State's own cheerleading team, the Texas State Strutters.  TSIE students are encouraged to participate in this optional meeting to not only develop their listening and speaking skills, but also to provide a meaningful base of American and Texas State culture in a personalized and stress-free context.  At the end of the presentation, TSIE students and American students will have the opportunity to converse, play games, or do small events with one another, ultimately, trading their ideas and cultures. This program is free of charge and open to students of all levels.

For more information or to get involved in the Conversation Circle Program, please visit contact our office here.

Institutional TOEFL Test (PBT)

An institutional, paper-based TOEFL test is offered once per semester (in April, July, and November) on the campus of Texas State University-San Marcos for all eligible and registered students.  The results of this test are only accepted by Texas State University. The testing times traditionally were in the months of April, July, and November.  The test fee is $45.00 and consists of the following test sections:

  • Listening comprehension (50 questions, 30-40 minutes)
  • Structure and written expression (grammar) (40 questions, 25 minutes)
  • Reading comprehension (50 questions, 55 minutes)
  • NO writing section

To register for the institutional TOEFL PBT, complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to the TSIE program here and pay a $55 application fee. (Current TSIE students do not need to submit a second application.) For those participating only in the TOEFL PBT, an application is required to receive administrative services associated with participation in any part of the TSIE program.
  2. Sign up for the TOEFL PBT here

Test Preparation Class

TSIE offers an optional, flat-rate ($250.00 for Fall/Spring, $175.00 for Summer) course to prepare students for the TOEFL iBT, PBT or IELTS tests. This class covers a variety of skills and is great for students taking the Institutional TOEFL PBT offered by Texas State every semester. Students will meet for 2 hours per week and have authentic practice with authentic TOEFL or IELTS materials with guided explanations from a faculty member. To participate in the Test Preparation class, please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to the TSIE program here and pay a $55 application fee. (Current TSIE students do not need to submit a second application.) For those participating only in the TOEFL PBT, an application is required to receive administrative services associated with participation in any part of the TSIE program.
  2. Sign up for the TOEFL Test Preparation Course here

TSIE Student and Test Resource Libraries

TSIE has a wide variety of books, novels, magazines, tapes, CDs, and movies specifically written/designed for the English as a Second Language (ESL) student.  With over 2500 books alone, a TSIE is able to find appropriate material for their class or for enjoyment.  We also have a special set of TOEFL iBT, PBT or IELTS study materials for students preparing to take English language proficiency tests.  These materials include guide books, CDs and tapes, and mock-test booklets with answer keys so that a student is able to experience authentic test material independently and at their own pace.  Each book in the TSIE library may be checked for out 1-2 weeks through the TSIE office and can be re-checked out if a student requests more time.

*New in 2014! - TSIE has coordinated with the University’s Alkek library to create a collection of resources in the main library’s location.  Titles are maintained in mutual consultation between TSIE and the Alkek library and are available under standard university library guidelines.  Finally, the Alkek library maintains a web page detailing the specific text and digital resources for TSIE students.  The site is found at this link: http://libguides.txstate.edu/TSIE

Tutoring / Special Assistance

If we find that a student is having difficulty in their TSIE classes, our office will contact tutors on campus willing to work with international students and/or provide mini-lessons for students either before or after class time or during the times in between semesters.  A student may request extra assistance at any time to our office however, depending on the tasks involved, may have to provide the funds for a tutor and/or materials for these extra instruction times.

The Raigosa Family Reading Contest for TSIE Students

This contest is an opportunity for TSIE students to explore texts outside of their classroom requirements for the purposes of pleasure and English improvement. Winners of the contest are awarded a cash prize and also featured on the TSIE website and TSIE Facebook. 

The Raigosa Family Reading for TSIE Students was named after former TSIE students, Maria, Juan, and Mauricio Raigosa who displayed friendly and studious attitudes in and outside of the classroom. Each student was dedicated to accomplishing their goals at Texas State University and the US, despite the hardships that their family had faced after one of the students, Maria Raigosa, had been in a serious car accident. Each student's biography is below.

Maria Raigosa was a student at TSIE from spring 2007 to fall 2007. Maria is a great example of striving for success no matter what difficulties arise. She came to Texas State after surviving a car accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Instead of giving up, she moved forward to complete rehabilitation in Colombia and then on to the US to finish English proficiency at TSIE. She went on to earn an MBA at Texas State University. Maria is now enrolled in University of Central Florida to continue her education. Maria has a BBA from Universidad Icesi in Cali Colombia.

Juan Raigosa was a TSIE student from summer 2007 to summer 2011. He became a “star student” because he was brave enough to work on his English language proficiency in his senior years while helping his daughter, Maria, get to her classes at Texas State. When he started at TSIE, he was 72. Mr. Raigosa became proficient at the high intermediate level at TSIE. He impressed everyone with his consistent, high quality work. Mr. Raigosa retired from a career in Agronomic Engineering after working 26 years in the sugar cane industry.

Mauricio Raigosa was a TSIE student during the spring and summer semesters of 2001. He went on to earn an MBA degree at Texas State University and is now employed at 3M in Minnesota. Mauricio holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.

Raigosa Reading Contest Winners

Semester Contest Winner Book
Summer 2011 Ms. Silvia Santos REGGIE by Reggie Dabbs
Summer 2012 Ms. Natsu Maeda Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark
Summer 2013 Ms Bonyachat Saijam Oil on the Brain by Lisa Margonelli
Summer 2014 Ms. Nicol Caceres Rubio Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn