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 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

Iowa Workforce Development Center

Summer Session - Testing & Registration will be:

TBD - Please check back

This is by appointment ONLY.  Please contact Alexis Cade to make an appointment.

Classes will begin Monday, May 15th and end on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017.

Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times:  To be determined - based upon test results. (Evening classes are not available at this location.)

For more information contact:
Alexis Cade at (515)287-8714 or at ancade@dmacc.edu

​430 E. Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-9619​

​ Ames Hunziker Center

Summer Session - Testing & Registration will be:

Wednesday, May 10th , 2017 at 9:00 a.m. OR 6:00 p.m.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 and end on Thursday, June 22nd,, 2017.

Days:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:    TBD based upon class level

Evenings:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Time:  6:00-9:00 p.m.

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

​1420 S. Bell Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
515-663-6700
Directions
Ankeny Campus

Summer Session

This location does not offer summer classes.   Please contact Lori Rice for information regarding classes at other sites.

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

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

Summer Testing & Registration will be:

TBD - please check back

 For information contact:
Joel Lundstrom, (712)792-8308, jtlundstrom@dmacc.edu  or
Alexis Cade, 515-287-8714, ancade@dmacc.edu

​906 N. Grant Road
Carroll, IA 51401
712-792-1755
Directions
Des Moines First Christian Church

Summer Session - Testing & Registration will be:

The beginning of May, 2017.  You MUST make an appointment to test and register by contacting: 
Norma Rohn, 515-250-6825 or njrohn@dmacc.edu

Classes will begin on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 and end on Thursday, June 22nd,, 2017.

Days:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:  9:30am - 12:30pm

 *Evening classes are NOT available at this location*

​2500 University Ave,
Des Moines, IA  50311
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DMACC Capitol Center

This location currently doesn't offer any ESL class.
Please check other locations for class availability.

For more information contact:
Sheryl Sexauer, ssexauer@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7764
My Tran, mntran2@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7815

​1300 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, IA  50309
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Perry VanKirk Center​

Summer Session - Testing & Registration will be:

Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m.

Classes will begin on Monday, Monday,May 15th, 2017 and end on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2017.

Evenings:   Monday, Wednesday,

Time:  6:00-9:00 p.m.

*Day classes are NOT available at this location*

For information contact:

Rick Carpenter,  hrcarpenter@dmacc.edu, 515-428-8120
or Lori Rice, lsrice@dmacc.edu, 515-287-8723

​1011 2nd Avenue
Perry, Iowa 50220
515-428-8100
Directions
Urban Campus

Spring Session - Testing & Registration is closed.

Most of our non-credit ESL classes are full. If you are interested in taking non-credit ESL classes this semester, please check out other locations.

Spring classes begin Monday, January 9th and end on Thursday, May 4th,  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
My Tran, mntran2@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7815

​1100 7th St
Des Moines, IA 50314
Directions
​ Southridge Center

Spring Session #2 - Testing & Registration will be:
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

You MUST come to 1111 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA in advance to register for a May 9th, 2017 testing time.  Please call
515-287-8700 with questions about how to register for the testing time.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 and end on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017.

Days:   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:   8:30a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Evenings:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:  6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

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

​1111 Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA& 50315
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