The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) has had record enrollment this year, with about 325 students currently enrolled, up from 250 last year and 219 the year before.
“We expect to continue growing,” said Crissy Young, who works in the CESL office. “We are hoping to expand the number of countries represented in our programs.”
Currently, CESL serves students from East Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and the Middle East. CESL administrators have also visited Turkey, China, Kazakhstan and several South American countries to recruit more students from those areas. In addition to their regular classes and programs, CESL offers the Sooner Jump Start program (SJS), a one-year bridge program to help international students successfully transition from high school to college.
Begun with a 2009 pilot project focusing on Chinese students, SJS is expanding into other Asian countries, as well as South America. Students in Phase I of SJS study at CESL, while focusing on English and U.S. cultural immersion. During Phase II, students take freshman-level courses taught by professors with ESL sensitivity. SJS also offers personal growth and leadership training to prepare students for the challenges they may face in the future. Finally, a team of highly qualified graduate assistants offer guidance and encouragement to students along the way.
The mission of CESL is “to provide the best possible academic intensive English language training for international students and to prepare them through American culture studies to successfully navigate their academic and professional careers.” For more information about the Center for English as a Second Language or the Sooner Jump Start program, visit CESL’s website.