Noncredit ELL

​​​​​​​​​Noncredit English Language Learner (ELL) courses, formerly called ESL or English as a Second Language (ESL), consist of multi-level English instruction for anyone 18 years or older.  The courses move learners from a beginner level to a solid intermediate level of proficiency. The classes cover the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as improving pronunciation and building vocabulary. The primary goal of the course is to teach communicative competence, that is, the ability to communicate in English according to the situation, purpose, and roles of the participants. The CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) is used to appraise the students' English reading and listening skills and to place them in the appropriate learning level.


Testing, Registration & Attendance Requirements

Testing

  • Please allow up to 2 hours for testing. 
  • You MUST bring a photo identification. 
  • Please make arrangements for childcare - children are NOT allowed.

Registration

  • Following your testing session, staff will meet with you to determine the appropriate ELL class level.
  • IF your schedule allows and IF there is space available, staff will register you for a class.

Attendance

If you register for a class, you must come to class.  If you don't come to class, you will be dropped from the class. View the attendance policy. 


Testing Locations and Dates

​Ames Hunziker Center

​Spring #2 ELL is now closed.

Summer, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:


Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM OR 6:00 PM

Classes will begin the week of May 13th and end on June 20th, 2019. Time of class will depend upon class level determined at testing. 

Day classes are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Evening classes are:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

For information contact:    
Christine Baker: 515-290-4775, clbaker12@dmacc.edu

​1420 S. Bell Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
515-663-6700
Directions to Ames Hunziker Center

​Ankeny Campus​

No Summer Classes are scheduled for this location.

Please check out testing and registration dates for ELL noncredit classes at other DMACC locations.


 

For information contact:

 Sheryl Sexauer, ssexauer@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7764​

 Rhonda Smith, rlsmith34@dmacc.edu, 515-697-772

​Building #24, Room #207
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Building 24, Room 207
Directions to Ankeny Campus

​Carroll Campus​

Carrol Campus is Closed for ELL until Fall, 2019.  Please check back in August.

There will be one, multi-level class offered on M/W evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m.


 

For information contact:
Joel Lundstrom, (712)792-8308, jtlundstrom@dmacc.edu  or
OR  
Christine Baker: 515-290-4775, clbaker12@dmacc.edu

​906 N. Grant Road
Carroll, IA 51401
712-792-1755
Directions to Carroll Campus

​Des Moines First Christian Church

Spring #2 ELL is now closed.

Summer, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

Date: Monday, May 6th, 2019
You must contact Deb Sheehy at dcsheehy@dmacc.edu to make an appointment for testing.

Classes will begin the week of May 14th and end on June 20, 2019.

Classes are:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time:  9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For information contact:
 Lori Rice, lsrice@dmacc.edu, 515-287-8723

​2500 University Ave,
Des Moines, IA  50311
Directions to Des Moines First Christian Church

Newton Campus

Newton DMACC Campus

ELL is now closed at Newton Campus.

Classes will resume in the Fall.  Please check back in August.

For more information please contact:

Jennie Doke-Kerns, Ph.D., jadokekerns@dmacc.edu, 641-791-1716

600 N. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, IA 50208
Directions to Newton Campus

​ Perry VanKirk Center​

​Spring #2 ELL, 2019 is now closed.

Summer Testing/Registration will be:

Date:  Monday, May 6th, 2019
Time:  6:00pm

Classes will begin the week of May 14th and end on June 20th, 2019.

Classes are: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings
Time:  6:00- 9:00pm

For information contact:

Lori Rice, lsrice@dmacc.edu, 515-287-8723

​1011 2nd Avenue
Perry, Iowa 50220
515-428-8100
Directions to Perry VanKirk Center

​Southridge Center

​Spring #2 ELL is now closed.

Summer Testing/Registration will be: 

Date:  Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

You must come to the front desk at the Southridge Center BEFORE May 6th, 2019, to fill out the form for testing.  You will select a testing time when you complete the form.  Testing spots are first come, first serve so you should come to sign up as soon as possible.

Classes will begin the week of May 14th and end on June 20, 2019.

Morning classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  and
Evening classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For information contact:
 Lori Rice, lsrice@dmacc.edu, 515-287-8723

 

​1111 E. Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315
Directions to Southridge Center

​Urban Campus

Summer Session at Ur​ban Campus is closed
Please check out testing and registration dates for ELL noncredit classes at other DMACC locations.

Fall semester testing and registration for new students will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019. 

 
To make a testing appointment, come back to this site on July 30, 2019. 

 
Fall Semester dates: August 26 through December 12, 2019.​ 
  • ​​​Day Classes
    • Monday through Thursday, 8:15am – 10:15am and 10:30am – 12:30pm.
  • Night Classes:
    • ​Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00pm –8:30pm.

For more information contact:

Rhonda Smith. rlsmith34@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7762 in building 3.

Sheryl Sexauer, ssexauer@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7764 in building 3.

 

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​1100 7th St
Des Moines, IA 50314
Directions to Urban Campus

Walnut Creek Church

 

This class has been relocated to Urban Campus.   

 

​ For information contact:
 Rhonda Smith, rlsmith34@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7762

 Sheryl Sexauer, ssexauer@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7764

 

Urban Campus
1100 7th St
Des Moines, IA 50314
Directions to Urban Campus