CESL Classes

CESL classes meet for 20 hours per week from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday - Thursday. We have two types of courses: Core Courses and Seminar Courses. 

The typical class size at CESL is eight to twelve students. We believe that this size class allows the best interaction between students and  instructors. 


Core Courses

Core Courses are offered at seven levels. If you're in OU Track, there is an eighth course you will need to complete entitled "University Preparation." Your level is determined by your placement test upon arrival. Each Core Course is 50 minutes long. 

Core Courses: 

  • Reading
  • Grammar/Writing
  • Listening/Speaking


Pre A1A2+B2

Note: These levels adhere to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Please follow this link to learn more about the CEFR.

University Preparation - OU Track

University Preparation is a course offered through OU Track Program.

The University Preparation course is an option for students who want to attend OU and complete the OU Track Requirements. Successful completion of the OU Track program allows students to be admitted to the University of Oklahoma with lower IELTS and TOEFL scores than students who do not go through the OU Track program.

The University Preparation course is offered in the morning and is taken in place of the core courses. 


Seminar Courses

In the afternoon, CESL offers a variety of seminar courses. Seminar courses can be either one hour or two hours, so you may take one or two seminar courses per session, depending on the time length of your seminar choice.

Seminar classes vary each session. Below are examples of the topics we offer to our students:

  • Grammar Seminar
  • American History and Government
  • Public Speaking
  • Everyday English
  • Global Citizenship
    • Social Justice
    • Eco Justice
  • Pronunciation
  • University Reading and Writing

Seminar classes are rated for intermediate and advanced skill levels.


Test Preparation Classes

TOEFLIn addition to our core courses and seminars, we offer test preparation classes for the TOEFL iBT and IELTS. These classes are for upper intermediate and advanced students interested in studying for the English proficiency exams. When available, you can choose a Test Prep Course for your seminar. 

Classes are Monday - Thursday from 1 - 3 p.m.