The Center for English Language Education (CELE) at Northwest University (NU) provides intensive academic English instruction to students from around the world with the goal of developing scholars and community leaders. Students can enroll as a full-time CELE student or they can register for individual CELE courses based on their needs. CELE also advises and coordinates international students through NU-sister university exchange agreements. In addition to an on-campus intensive ESL program and student exchange program, CELE provides an online TEFL certificate and an online MATESOL course.
At NU, our goal of culture exchange is a two way process and CELE students are encouraged to both participate in NU culture and to share their culture with the NU community.
Learning is not limited to the classroom. While in the CELE program, students are given opportunities to lead, collaborate, and actively participate in extra-curricular activities. Our goal is for all students to learn to lead, not only to learn to read (and write and speak!)
CELE is a part of Northwest University, an evangelical Christian university. While CELE students do not need to profess a Christian faith, they must agree to live by our lifestyle standards.
The academic year at NU is divided into two semesters – fall and spring.
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A typical class schedule for students enrolled in our intensive English program goes from 8am to 3pm with a lunch and study break. There is a total of 20–25 weekly class hours. Examples of classes provided are: Grammar; Pronunciation and Vocabulary; Speaking, Reading and Listening; and Writing, Reading and Listening.