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. 
  • 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 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 and Dates

​Ames Hunziker Center

​Spring #2 ELL is now closed.

Summer, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM OR 6:00 PM

Classes will begin the week of May 13th and end on June 20th, 2019. Time of class will depend upon class level determined at testing. 

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

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

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

​Ankeny Campus​

Fall Testing/Registration/First Day of Class - Monday, August 26th, 2019

On August 26th, 2019, please come to Ankeny Campus, Building #24, Room #207 to register for class.

Class Schedule
August 26 - October 17
Monday - Thursday, 10am-12pm
Mixed-Level Class

For information contact:

 John Windheuser, 515-697-7764​


 Rhonda Smith,, 515-697-772​​

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

​Carroll Campus​

Carrol Campus is Closed for ELL until Fall, 2019.  Please check back in August.

There will be one, multi-level class offered on M/W evenings from 6:00-9:00 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

Spring #2 ELL is now closed.

Summer, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

Date: Monday, May 6th, 2019
You must contact Deb Sheehy at to make an appointment for testing.

Classes will begin the week of May 14th and end on June 20, 2019.

Classes are:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time:  9:30 a.m. -12:30 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

Newton DMACC Campus

ELL is now closed at Newton Campus.

Classes will resume in the Fall.  Please check back in August.

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​

​Spring #2 ELL, 2019 is now closed.

Summer Testing/Registration will be:

Date:  Monday, May 6th, 2019
Time:  6:00pm

Classes will begin the week of May 14th and end on June 20th, 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

​Spring #2 ELL is now closed.

Summer Testing/Registration will be: 

Date:  Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

You must come to the front desk at the Southridge Center BEFORE May 6th, 2019, 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 May 14th and end on June 20, 2019.

Morning classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  and
Evening classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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

ELL Southridge Website


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

​Urban Campus

​Fall New Students ​

All new students must make a testing appointment prior to registration day.

​On July 30th, a link will be available on this page​ for making testing appointments. You will need to complete and submit an online form to make your appointment. If you need assistance, please come to Building 3 Urban Campus on July 30th (opens​ at 8:30am). 

Fall testing appointments​ and regi​stration for new students will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (Building 1, Urban Campus).​​​
  • ​​​Please allow up to 2 hours for testing and registration.
  • You MUST bring photo identifcation.
  • Please do not bring children - no childcare will be available.​​

Fall Session 1 dates: August 26 through October 17, 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.​

For more information, please contact:

John Windheuser,, 515-697-7764, Building 3.


Rhonda Smith,, 515-697-7762, Building 3.



​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