Welcome to CESL
Established in 1988, The Center for English as a Second Language offers intensive English language courses on the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma. CESL prepares students for the university by focusing on English for academic purposes, teaching American culture classes, and practicing American classroom culture. Students who go to CESL are better prepared for all aspects of attending universities in the United States.
Learn More about CESL
Find out the dates of our upcoming sessions and orientation dates.
Learn more about our nine levels of English instruction, descriptions of our courses, and the times and schedules of each class.
See how much tuition, fees, and living expenses will cost for each session at CESL.
We have so much at CESL! Find out more about activities that we offer.
What is Your Journey Going to be Like?
Watch the video below to learn more about CESL and the University of Oklahoma
News and Events
Janna Corn is passionate, innovative, and she is leading our CESL students confidently into the future. In addition to her dedication to her students, Janna is also dedicated to advocating for the protection of the environment. She brings all of these interests together in her CESL course called Ecojustice. In this course that she created with fellow teacher, Kelsey Carroll, Janna leads her students towards a connection with the earth and a stronger connection to the world as a whole, all while teaching the fundamentals of the English language...read more
This month, Hilary Kirk, CESL’s favorite British ESL instructor, is celebrating her 6thyear here at the Center for English as a Second Language at OU. Anytime you enter Hilary’s classroom, she is ready to greet you with her cheery personality and a warm cup of tea. After spending just a short amount of time with her, you will likely find that she likes the color red. You will often see her in her red boots and a matching red outfit. She is kind, encouraging, and always prepared to teach...read more