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Center for English Language Learning

Lily Sorenson named new director of Center for English Language Learning


Published June 3, 2021

As director, Sorenson will lead the center's Intensive English Program and English Language Support Program, which provide high quality English language instruction to non-native speakers of English.

Mark Algren to retire as executive director of CELL


Published Aug. 14, 2020

After more than 40 years of teaching and administration in English as a second or foreign language programs, Mark Algren will retire as executive director of the MU Center for English Language Learning on Monday, Aug. 31. Lily Sorenson, associate director of CELL, will serve as interim director. Algren joined the MU Center for English…

MU’s Intensive English Program receives accreditation from esteemed agency


Published Nov. 16, 2018

The Intensive English Program received accreditation and celebrated 40 years of service.

Take a look at CELL


Published Oct. 24, 2018

Are you interested in learning more about studying English at the University of Missouri? Do you want to know more about all of our 300+ majors? Take a look at our brochure.

Spotlight on the classroom: Level 5A’s simulation


Published March 12, 2018

On Tuesday, March 6, students in Farrah Littlepage's level 5A listening-speaking course participated in a simulation (role play) about corporal punishment. To prepare, students did research, adopted roles and explored how to explain perspectives that they possibly disagreed with. Other CELL instructors and staff were invited to attend the simulation and ask questions in order…

CELL instructor featured in MU Libraries’ Cycle of Success


Published March 9, 2018

Mary Browning, instructor at CELL, was recently featured in the MU Libraries' Cycle of Success. She explained how students in two of her fall 2017 courses (an advanced IEP course and the SSC 1150 College Success Seminar) benefited from library sessions about Zotero. Led by librarian Cindy Cotner, these sessions helped Mary's students as they…

IEP students march in March March parade


Published March 5, 2018

IEP students, faculty and staff had a great time joining in the March March parade Friday, March 2, in celebration of the beginning of the annual True/False Film Fest in Columbia.

CELL instructor, student share about Conversation Partner Program on “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper”


Published Feb. 13, 2018

Radio host Paul Pepper interviewed Debbie Parker, coordinator of the Conversation Partner Program, and IEP student Sara Huaco on his show "Radio Friends with Paul Pepper" on Monday, Feb. 12. Debbie discussed the many benefits the Conversation Partner Program offers participants. Sara explained methods for improving her English and some differences between visiting friends and…

Three IEP students win MIDTESOL essay contest prizes


Published Oct. 5, 2017

Three of our very own IEP students were recently awarded top honors through the MIDTESOL student essay contest — adult ESL category. MIDTESOL is the local professional organization for teachers of English as a second language. At the 2017…

IEP hosts Eclipse Watch Party


Published Sept. 13, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 27, the IEP hosted an Eclipse Watch Party to celebrate the start of the fall semester and view the total solar eclipse. The last total solar eclipse in Missouri occurred in 1869, and the next won't occur for hundreds of years. It was an historic event that new and returning students were…