Program Overview

ESL instruction is offered at the non-credit and credit level. The goal of the program is to provide quality ESL instruction to speakers of other languages so that they can succeed in academic, work, or career programs.

Credit ESL

The ESL Credit Program is a bridge to assist English Language Learners in advancing their academic English skills for success in credit DMACC classes and/or advancement in their professional field. The ESL Credit Program is a bi-level program: high-intermediate and advanced level courses. High-intermediate classes include: ESL 093 (Listening & Conversation), ESL 095 (Communicative Grammar), ESL 096 (Reading Skills), and ESL 097 (Introduction to Writing). Advanced ESL classes include: ESL 094 (Listening & Conversation) ESL 103 (Advanced Grammar for Academic Purposes), ESL 104 (Advanced Writing for Academic Purposes, and ESL 160 (ESL Multicultural Literature). ESL 103, 104, and 160 may be used to fulfill elective credit requirements.

Non-Credit ESL

Non-credit ESL courses 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


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


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


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.  Please click here to view attendance policy. 


Testing Locations and Dates

Iowa Workforce Development Center

Summer Session - Testing & Registration will take place: 

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 in Room 121

This is by appointment ONLY.  Please contact Alexis Cade to make an appointment.
Classes will begin Monday, May 16th and end on June 23rd, 2016. 
Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
Times:  To be determined based upon test results.

For more information contact:
Alexis Cade at (515)287-8714 or at 

​430 E. Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

Ames Hunziker Center
Fall Session - Testing & Registration will be:
Wednesday, August 24th between 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. OR
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Classes will begin Monday, August 29th, 2016 and end October 20th, 2016.
Days:   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time:    TBD based upon class level
Evenings:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Time:  6:00-8:30 p.m.
For information contact:
Anneke Mundel 515-290-4775, or 
Lori Rice 515-287-8723,
​1420 S. Bell Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
Ankeny Campus
Fall Session -  Classes will resume in Ankeny in August.
Beginning in August, there will be one, Mixed Level, ESL class offered at the Ankeny Campus.  It meets Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For information  please contact:
Lori Rice, 515-287-8723,
​2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Buliding 24, Room 207
Carroll Campus
Summer Session - classes are not available at this location; classes will resume in August.
For information contact:
Joel Lundstrom, (712)792-8308,  or
Alexis Cade, 515-287-8714,
There is one, Mixed Level, ESL class offered at the Carroll Campus.
​906 N. Grant Road
Carroll, IA 51401
Des Moines First Christian Church
Fall Session - You MUST make an appointment to test and register for the Fall session by contacting: 
Norma Rohn, 515-250-6825 or 
Classes will begin Monday, August 29th and end on Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Days:   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday​
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
​2500 University Ave,
Des Moines, IA  50311
DMACC Capitol Center
For Information contact: 
Sheryl Sexauer, 515-697-7764
​1300 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, IA  50309
Perry VanKirk Center​
Fall Session - Testing & Registration will be:
Wednesday, August 17th between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Classes will begin Monday, August 29th and end on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Only Evening Classes will be offered: 
Monday & Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
For information contact:
Rick Carpenter,, 515-428-8120
or Lori Rice,, 515-287-8723
​1011 2nd Avenue
Perry, Iowa 50220
Urban Campus

Summer Session - The current session is closed.

Please come back to this site on August 1st to make a testing appointment. The site will be open at 8am.

Fall semester classes will begin Monday, August 29th and end on Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Days: Monday through Thursday, 8:15am - 10:15am and 10:30am - 12:30pm.

Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm

For more information contact:
Sheryl Sexauer,, 515-697-7764
1100 7th St
Des Moines, IA 50314

​1100 7th St
Des Moines, IA 50314
​ Southridge Center
Fall Session - Testing & Registration will be:
Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

You MUST Call 515-287-8700 Call 515-287-8700 to obtain information about how to register for the testing session on August 16th, 2016.
Fall Classes will begin Monday, August 29th and end on Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Evenings:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time:  6:00-8:30 p.m.

For information contact:
Lori Rice, 515-287-8723,
​1111 Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA& 50315