All Spring II courses with the Center for English as a Second Language have moved online. The CESL Graduation and the Spring field trip have been canceled.

CESL’s English for Leadership and Civic Engagement (ELCE) Summer Camp scheduled for May 31-June 5 has been canceled.

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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.

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AddressOffice HoursContact Information
Boomer Outreach Building
300 Kellogg Dr. Suite 109
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



OU CESL students are always learning, whether it’s inside the classroom or exploring a new part of the state. Read more to find out what’s going on at CESL.

CESL students at graduation May 2019

Highlights from the Spring 2019 CESL Graduation

Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) students were recognized at a graduation reception in the Cross Center Black Box Theater on May 9.

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Summer Camp Aims to Help ESL Students Become Community Connected

Language barriers shouldn’t keep teens from reaching their full potential, yet many English language learners are falling through the cracks when it comes to community involvement, advocacy and leadership opportunities.

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CESL Class Highlight - Global Citizenship Series

The Global Citizenship Series, a two-course series offered by the OU Extended Campus Center for English as a Second Language, is an interactive way for students in CESL's Academic English Program to learn how to think critically about social and ecological issues in the community while strengthening their academic English language skills.

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