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We are very proud of our alumni! We’ve helped students from all over the world improve their English language skills and we welcome the chance to stay in touch with them.

Regardless of whether your career is just beginning or if you’re nearing retirement and no matter what field you’ve gone into, we encourage you to please let us know how you are doing.

We would like to share your story on this webpage. This page will help our current students as well as our prospective students learn about you. It’s also a great way for you and other former CESL students to connect with old friends!

HABIBOULAHI KEITA, 2013

Network Technician

“I was lucky enough to have attended CESL, one of the best English learning centers in Illinois. I went from not being able to say a word in English to entertaining conversation in just one semester at CESL. The teachers were so great and dedicated to our success. I want to say thanks to Susan McFalls, one of my teachers who helped me a lot. The program provided me a conversation partner, who became my friend, and we are still in touch. Today I work as a network technician, after obtaining my associate degree in information assurance and cybersecurity. I'm also pursuing my bachelor’s degree in the same field at University of Maryland University College.”


ALI S. ALQARNI, 2016

Assistant Professor | Vice Dean for Registration Affairs at Umm Alqura University

“I would like to thank CESL members for research skills they provided us to overcome obstacles we confronted during the academic years in my PhD program.”


MENUCCI TATIANA, 2014

English teacher in Brazil

“I attended an American and teaching methodology course that lasted almost two months at CESL and it helped me a lot because I could improve the language and learn much more about the American culture. It was an amazing opportunity in my professional and personal life. I'm so grateful and I already miss the teachers and the place.”


LAURA FERREIRA RAPOSO, 2017

Architecture Student

“The experience at CESL really helped me to see things with other eyes and improve my ability to design architecture and urban plans.”


THIAGO BARAÇAL DA CUNHA, 2017

Intern at Villares Metals S.A.

“I got this internship at this big company in Brazil for many reasons, among those is the English proficiency I developed at CESL. Also, I had an internship at Gardner Denver, in Quincy, IL, and I was the only foreigner among 10 interns there. My manager could barely tell I was a foreigner because my English is very good.”


JOSE DIVINO DA SILVA, 2013

Teacher - Department of Public Education

“It's been a great experience to learn from CESL. The diploma has surely made my résumé more attractive and my personal background broader.”