Noncredit ELL

​​​​​​​​​​Noncredit English Language Learner (ELL) courses, formerly called ESL or English as a Second Language (ESL), 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. 
  • Please​ 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 ELL 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 & Dates

​Ames Hunziker Center

Fall, 2019 Session 2 Testing & Registration Date:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Room 223

Classes Schedule
Fall Session 2 dates​: October 28 through December 12, 2019​. Time of class will depend upon class level determined at testing. 

Day classes are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Evening classes are:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

For information contact:    
Christine Baker: 515-290-4775,

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

​Ankeny Campus​

Fall Session #2 Testing & Registration Date:
Testing and registration will be done on the first day of class. Morning class registration will take place on Monday, October 28. Evening class registration will take place on Tuesday, October 29. No appointment is needed.

Class Schedule

Morning Class
October 28 - December 12
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mixed-Level Class
Building 24, Room 207

Evening Class
October 29 - December 12
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mixed-Level Class
Building 24, Room 203

For information contact:
John Windheuser,,  515-697-7764​
Rhonda Smith,,  515-697-7762​​​
*Office located in Building 3, Urban Campus (1100 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314)​​

2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Directions to Ankeny Campus

​Carroll Campus​

Fall Session 2 Testing & Registration Date: 

October 24, at 6 p.m. in Room 158

Class Schedule
October 29 - December 12, 2019
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 7 - 9:30 p.m.

For information contact:
Joel Lundstrom, (712)792-8308,  or
Christine Baker: 515-290-4775,

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

​Des Moines First Christian Church

Fall 2019 Testing & Registration Date:

By Appointment only on October 21, 2019 at 9 a.m.
You must contact Deb Sheehy at to make an appointment for testing.

Class Schedule
Fall Session 2 dates: October 28 - December 12, 2019.

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

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

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

Newton Campus

Fall Testing & Registration Dates:
September 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Class Schedule
September 10 - November 28, 2019

Classes are Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information please contact:

Jennie Doke-Kerns, Ph.D.,, 641-791-1716​

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

Perry VanKirk Center​

Fall Testing & Registration Date:

October 23, 2019 at 6 pm

Class Schedule:
Fall Session 2 dates: October 28 - December 12, 2019.

Classes are: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings
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

Fall Testing & Registration Date:​

October 22, 2019 at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 6 pm and 7 pm

You can sign up for a testing time one of two ways:

1. Click this registration form link​.

2. Come to the front desk at the Southridge Center BEFORE October 21, 2019, to fill out the registration form.  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.

Class Schedule:
Fall Session 2 dates: October 28 - December 12, 2019.

Morning classes are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  and
Evening classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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

ELL Southridge Website

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

​Urban Campus​

​Class Schedule:

Fall Session #​2 dates: October 28, 2019 - December 12, 2019
  • ​​​Day Classes 
    • Monday through T​​hursday, 8:15am – 10:15am and 10:30am – 12:30pm.
  • Night Classes
    • ​Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.​

Registration for Fall Session #2 will take place on Friday, October 18.

You MUST make a registration appointment to be able to enroll in classes.​ All appointments will be for October 18 (morning or evening).

Urban Campus registration appointments for Fall Session #2 are now full. Please check at other DMACC locations for registration opportunities for Fall Session #2.

For more information, please contact:
John Windheuser,, 515-697-7764, Building 3.
Rhonda Smith,, 515-697-7762, Building 3.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Office hours:    ​Monday, 8am - 12:30pm
                       Tuesday, 8:30am - 12:30pm, 3pm - 7pm
                       Wednesday, 8am - 12pm, 3pm - 7pm
                       Thursday, 8am - 12:30pm

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

Walnut Creek Church

This class has been relocated to Urban Campus.

For information contact:
Rhonda Smith,, 515-697-7762, Urban Campus, Building 3.
John Windheuser,, 515-697-7764, Urban Campus, Building 3.

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