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English as a Second Language

 English as a Second Language (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.

Non-Credit ESL Courses

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.

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For information contact:
Sheryl Sexauer, Building 3, Room 200 at 697-7764,
My Tran, Building 3, ESL information desk, 697-7762,

College Credit ESL Courses

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.

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For information contact:
Sheryl Sexauer, Building 3, Room 200 at 697-7764,
Vera Aginsky at 515-248-7521,
Student Life Office at 515-244-4226

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