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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. View the attendance policy. 

Testing Locations and Dates

​Ames Hunziker Center

Spring 2018 Session #1 is now FULL.

Spring 2018 Session #2

Testing & Registration will be:
Date: Monday, March 5th , 2018
Time: 9:00am or 10:00am OR 6:00pm or 7:00pm

Classes will begin the week of March 19th, 2018 and end May 3rd, 2018. Time of class will depend upon class level determined at testing. 

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

For information contact:
Anneke Mundel: 515-290-4775,

​1420 S. Bell Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
Directions to Ames Hunziker Center

​Ankeny Campus​

Spring Session #1 is Full

Spring 2018, Session #2
Classes will begin the week of March 19th, 2018 and end May 3rd.

Class is:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For registration information at the Ankeny campus, please contact:
Lori Rice, 515-287-8723,

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

​Carroll Campus​

Spring 2018 Session

Testing & Registration will be Tuesday, 1/23/18 @ 6:00pm.

Classes are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00pm.

Class begins on the night of testing, 1/23/18 and ends on 4/26/18.

For information contact:
Joel Lundstrom, (712)792-8308,  or
Lori Rice,, 515-287-8723

​906 N. Grant Road
Carroll, IA 51401
Directions to Carroll Campus

​Des Moines First Christian Church

Spring 2018 Session #1 is now FULL.

Spring 2018 Session #2

Testing & Registration:  You must contact Deb Sheehy at

Classes will begin the week of March 19th, 2018 and end May 3rd, 2018. 

Classes are:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time:  9:30-11:30 a.m.

For information contact:
 Lori Rice,, 515-287-8723

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


Spring 2018

Knoxville - Marion County Public Health Building


January 16th and January 18th from 9:00am-11:30 am.

Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am - 11:30am and will begin on January 23rd, 2018 and end on May 3rd, 2018

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Kerns,, 641-791-1716


2003 N. Lincoln
Knoxville, IA 50138
Directions to Knoxville


Newton Campus

Spring 2018

Newton Dmacc Campus


January 9th and January 11th from 10:30a.m. -1:00 for day classes, Room 109

Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and will begin on January 16th,  2018 and end on April 26th, 2018

January 17th and 19th from 6:00-8:30pm for evening classes.

Classes are on Monday & Wednesday from 6:00-8:30pm and will begin on January 24th, 2018 and end on April 25th, 2018

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Kerns,, 641-791-1716

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

​ Perry VanKirk Center​

Spring 2018, Session #1 is now FULL

Spring 2018, Session #2
Testing & Registration will be:
Date:  Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Time:  6:00pm

Classes will begin the week of March 19th, 2018 and end May 3rd, 2018.

Classes are: Monday & Wednesday evening
Time:  6:00-  9:00pm

For information contact:

Lori Rice,, 515-287-8723

​1011 2nd Avenue
Perry, Iowa 50220
Directions to Perry VanKirk Center

​Southridge Center

Spring 2018, Session #1 - FULL

Testing & Registration for Spring Session #2 will be:
Date:  Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

You must come to the front desk at the Southridge Center BEFORE March 2nd, 2018, 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 March 19th and end May 3rd, 2018

Morning classes are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am - 11:00am
Evening classes are Tuesday-Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

For information contact:
 Lori Rice,, 515-287-8723


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

​Urban Campus

Testing appointments for Spring semester are currently FULL.

If you are interested in taking non-credit ESL classes in the Spring semester, please check other locations.

Spring classes begin Monday, January 8th and end on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. 

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 in building 3.
My Tran,, 515-697-7815 in building 5.

Jesse Lee-Brockhoff,, 515-697-7762 in building 3.


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

Walnut Creek Church


Spring 2018, Session #1 - Day classes are now FULL

Evening class will begin on February 20th, 2018 and end on May 3rd, 2018

Evening class:  Tuesday & Thursday
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Spring 2018, Session #2
Testing & Registration will be:
Monday, March 19th, 2018  at 9:00 a.m. on .  You will take a test and then be placed in a class if space allows.

Day classes are:  Monday - Thursday
Time - depends upon class level.

Classes begin March 19th, 2018 and end May 3rd, 2018.


For information contact:
 Lori Rice,, 515-287-8723


​323 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA  50309