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June 13, 2022

International Programs offices closed Monday, June 20

All offices will be closed in observation of Juneteenth.


Dec. 13, 2021

International Programs offices closed Dec. 24– Jan. 2

Advisers will not be available during this time (including via email) and document processing will not take place. Regular office hours will resume Monday, Jan. 3.


June 3, 2021

Lily Sorenson named new director of Center for English Language Learning

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.


Aug. 14, 2020

Mark Algren to retire as executive director of CELL

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…


Nov. 16, 2018

MU’s Intensive English Program receives accreditation from esteemed agency

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


Oct. 24, 2018

Take a look at CELL

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.


March 12, 2018

Spotlight on the classroom: Level 5A’s simulation

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…


March 9, 2018

CELL instructor featured in MU Libraries’ Cycle of Success

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…


March 5, 2018

IEP students march in March March parade

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.


Feb. 13, 2018

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

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…