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Description of Classes

The Center for English Language Learning (CELL) offers 16-week sessions during the fall and spring semesters and an 8-week session during the summer. The 8-week summer course teaches the same skills as the 16-week fall and spring sessions, but with an emphasis on speaking and listening. CELL believes in providing personalized instruction; consequently, the class size is kept small (12 students on the average), allowing each student to receive a large amount of individual attention.

Classes are available for students with elementary, intermediate and advanced English proficiency. Students are placed in classes according to individual abilities as determined by placement tests administered at the beginning of each semester. Students receive a minimum of 20 hours of classroom work per week. The curriculum focuses on such essential areas as grammar, writing, reading, speaking, pronunciation, active listening, vocabulary and library skills. The program has a strong academic focus; students work on a wide variety of university-level projects, including research reports, note-taking sessions and oral presentations. Students practice speaking and listening in small discussion groups and in the language laboratory. Three hours per week of TOEFL practice sessions are also available for students who want to practice for the TOEFL test. There is no additional cost for the TOEFL practice sessions.

Evaluation and TOEFL

CELL students receive continuous progress reports of their language skills. They also take the institutional form of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at the beginning and end of the fall and spring semesters and at the end of the summer session. The TOEFL is required for admission to many American colleges and universities. Good scores on the CELL’s institutional TOEFL can be used to satisfy MU’s TOEFL requirements. MU is also an official administration site for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) on campus.

Length of Study

The amount of time required to complete the program satisfactorily depends on many factors—the student’s English proficiency when starting in the program, the attitude of the student, and the student’s previous experience with English. In general, students can expect to study for twelve months if they are at an elementary level, six to eight months if they are at an intermediate level, and two to four months if they are at an advanced level.