About Us

The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)

Since 1966, the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) has been a successful intensive English program with a well-established international reputation. Students benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention in a beautiful natural environment, where they can enjoy a beautiful forest and lake on campus. CESL is near a 270,000 acre national forest and several fishing and boating lakes. In the city of Carbondale, people enjoy a low cost of living, and it is easy to get to major American cities like St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis and Nashville. For more information, visit http://cesl.siu.edu/.

Your Instructors

Mary Black

Mary Black earned her BA in German in 1987 and her MA in Applied Linguistics in 1989, both from SIU. After graduating she worked at SIU’s campus in Niigata, Japan, for two years and moved to Barcelona, Spain. In Barcelona, she first worked as an EFL teacher, then became the Director of the English Program of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and finally became the Academic Director of the Institute of North American Studies. Around ten years ago, Mary also branched out into translating from Spanish and Catalan into English. Mary’s main areas of interests are bilingualism and cross-cultural communication.

Jeremy D. Slagoski

jeremyJeremy earned his PhD in Teaching & Learning (Foreign Language & ESL Education) at the University of Iowa in 2014.   Inspired from his teaching experiences in Japan, South Korea, and Russia, his research interests include the cultural and professional learning of English language teachers.  Along with his passion for English language teaching, he brings his expertise in instructional systems design and research-informed pedagogy to help assess and develop CESL’s curriculum.  Organizing, developing, and participating in professional learning communities and networks are what Jeremy enjoys most about his work, and he hopes that the results of these collaborative efforts improve the English language learning experience for many students at and beyond CESL. In his free time, Jeremy likes to explore the national and state parks of Southern Illinois and the Ohio River Valley with his wife and daughter.