ESL

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

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 ESL 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.  Please click here to view attendance policy. 

 

Testing Locations and Dates

​Ames Hunziker Center

Fall 2017 Session #2


Testing & Registration will be:
Date:  Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Time:  9:00 am OR 6:00pm

Classes will begin the week of October 30th, 2017

For information contact:
Anneke Mundel: 515-290-4775, amundel@dmacc.edu 

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

​Ankeny Campus​

Fall 2017 Session #2

 
Classes will begin the week of October 30th, 2017.

For registration information
at the Ankeny campus, please contact:
Lori Rice, 515-287-8723, lsrice@dmacc.edu

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

​Carroll Campus​

Fall 2017 Session

Testing & Registration will be:
Tuesday, September 19th , 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Classes are Tuesday and Wednesday evening, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

For information contact:
Joel Lundstrom, (712)792-8308, jtlundstrom@dmacc.edu  or
Lori Rice, lsrice@dmacc.edu, 515-287-8723

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

​Des Moines First Christian Church

Fall 2017 Session #2


You must make an appointment for Testing & Registration the week of October 23rd by contacting:

 Jill Davis at jadavis25@dmacc.edu

Classes will begin the week of October 30th, 2017

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

Knoxville

Knoxville - Marion County Pbulic Health

Fall Clases begin Tuesday, September 12th and end on Thursday December 14th, 2017

Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am - 11:30am

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Kerns, jadokekerns@dmacc.edu, 641-791-1716

2003 N. Lincoln
Knoxville, IA 50138
Directions to Knoxville

 

Newton Campus

Newton DMACC

Fall Clases begin Thursday August 24th  and end on Thursday December 14th, 2017

Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30am - 1:00pm

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Kerns, jadokekerns@dmacc.edu, 641-791-1716

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

​ Perry VanKirk Center​

Fall 2017 Session #2

Testing & Registration will be:
Date:  Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
Time:  6:00pm

Classes will begin the week of October 30th, 2017

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

Fall 2017 Session #2


Testing & Registration will be:
Date:  Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

You must come to the front desk at the Southridge Center BEFORE October 24th to fill out the form for testing.  You will select a testing time when you complete the form.

Classes will begin the week of October 30, 2017. 
Morning classes are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am - 11:00am
Evening classes are Tuesday-Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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

Non-credit ESL classes are currently FULL at this location.

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

Testing appointment for Spring Sesmester will be available on November 1st, 2017

Fall classes begin Monday, August 28th and end on Thursday, December 14th,  2017. 

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, ssexauer@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7764 in building 3.
My Tran, mntran2@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7815 in building 5.

Jesse Lee-Brockhoff, jeleebrockhoff@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7762 in building 3.

 

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