Language for the World Stage

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. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Oklahoma is to provide exemplary English language instruction as well as cultural education to empower students to communicate successfully in social, academic, and professional settings.



Academic English

This program is designed for those wishing to become an OU student.

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General English

Improve general use and aspects of the English language.

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AddressOffice HoursContact Information
Boomer Office Building
300 Kellogg Dr. Norman, OK 73072
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central U.S. Time)
Main Line:  (405) 325-2351
Fax: (405) 325-7038
E-mail: esl@ou.edu


News and Events

CESL Class Highlight - Global Citizenship Series

The Global Citizenship Series gets CESL students out of the classroom and into the community.