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.
Registration for Spring Session #1 (January 9, 2023 – March 2, 2023) classes is now CLOSED.
The registration period for Spring Session #2 classes (March 20, 2023 – May 4, 2023) will open on Monday, February 20th.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
Come visit us in Building 3 on Urban Campus (1100 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314)!
Spring 2023 Office Hours
Monday: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
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