TSIE / English Support


TSIE / English Support

TSIE offers a variety of specialized support services to its English language students. These services provide dynamic opportunities to experience successful learning and meet personalized goals.

TSIE Conversation Partner Program

In the same way that TSIE’s Conversation Circle (see below) brings international 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 and fully-admitted international students with American Texas State students. 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 international 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).

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 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.

TSIE Tutor Application

In addition to becoming a conversation partner, TSIE also encourages Texas State students, staff, and faculty to consider becoming a tutor for our students. Applicants will be paired with individual TSIE students to work on various English aspects, such as writing, reading, grammar, speaking, or test preparation for the TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Once you have met your TSIE student, you will make contact and establish a time to meet and study; TSIE can also help in facilitating communication if you have difficulty reaching the student. This program is free of charge and open to all interested Texas State students of all academic levels. Please also note that these are non-paid tutoring positions.

To participate as a TSIE tutor, complete the application ONLINE HERE. 

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 are also featured on the TSIE website and the TSIE Facebook page. 

The Raigosa Family Reading for TSIE Students was named after three 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 U.S., despite the hardships that their family had faced after one of the students, Maria, had been in a serious car accident. Despite this personal trial, the family displayed amazing courage in the TSIE program at Texas State. Each student's biography is below.

Maria Raigosa was a TSIE student 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 U.S. to gain English proficiency at Texas State in the TSIE program. 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 as a senior citizen he was brave enough to work on his English language proficiency while helping his daughter, Maria, get to her classes at Texas State. When he started his TSIE English training, he was 72. Mr. Raigosa became proficient at the high intermediate level in the TSIE program. 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
Summer 2015 Ms. Maria Esono Nsee The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg