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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 Program

Academic English

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

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General English program

General English

Improve general use and aspects of the English language.

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Intensive Test Preparation

Intensive Test Preparation

Prepare to succeed in the TOEFL and IELTS exams.

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Workplace English

Workplace English

We will work with you to create a customized program that meets your organization's needs.

Contact  Jaime Ladd  to learn more.



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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


News and Events

Summer Camp Aims to Help ESL Students Become Community Connected

OU's CESL and OKC Public Schools offer new summer camp aimed at empowering ESL students to advocate and create change in their school and communities.