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. View the attendance policy. 


Testing Locations and Dates

​Ames Hunziker Center

​Spring, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:


Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM

Classes will begin the week of January 7th, 2019 and end February  28th, 2019. Time of class will depend upon class level determined at testing. 

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

For information contact:    
Christine Baker: 515-290-4775, clbaker12@dmacc.edu

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

​Ankeny Campus​

Spring, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:
Date: Monday, January 7th, 2019
Time: 10:00 am

Ankeny has one, multi-level class.  The class meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Classes will begin the week of January 7th, 2019 and end on February 28th, 2019.

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​

Spring, 2019 Testing Registration will be:

Date:  Monday, January 28th, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.

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

The first day of class is Monday, January 28th, 2019 and the last day of class is Wednesday, April 10th, 2019.

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

Spring, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:
Date: Monday, December 17th, 2018
You must contact Deb Sheehy at dcsheehy@dmacc.edu to make an appointment for testing.

Classes will begin the week of January 7th, 2019 and end February 29th, 2019.

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

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

Spring, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

Date:  Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
Time:  9:00 a.m.

Knoxville - Marion County Public Health Building

There will be one multi-level class offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The first day of class will be Tuesday, January 15th and and the last day will be Thursday, April 18th, 2019

For more information please contact:

Jennie Doke-Kerns, Ph.D., jadokekerns@dmacc.edu, 641-791-1716

2003 N. Lincoln
Knoxville, IA 50138
Directions to Knoxville

 

Newton Campus

Newton Dmacc Campus

Spring 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

MORNING CLASS
Date:  Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
Time:  10:30 a.m.

EVENING CLASS
Date:  Monday, January 14th, 2019
Time:  6:00 p.m.

Morning - There will be one multi-level class offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 am. - 1:00 pm.  The first day of class will be Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 and the last day will be Thursday, April 18th, 2019.

Evening - There will be one multi-level class offered on Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  The first day of class will be Monday, January 14th, 2019 and the last day will be Wednesday, April, 17th, 2019.

For more information please contact:

Jennie Doke-Kerns, Ph.D., jadokekerns@dmacc.edu, 641-791-1716

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

​ Perry VanKirk Center​

​Spring, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

Date:  Monday, December 17th, 2018
Time:  6:00pm

Classes will begin the week of January 7th, 2019 and end on February 27th, 2019.

Classes are: Monday & Wednesday evenings
Time:  6:00- 9:00pm

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

​1st Session, 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

Date:  Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

You must come to the front desk at the Southridge Center BEFORE December 18th, 2018, 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 January 7th, 2019 and end on February 28th, 2019.

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

SPRING SEMESTER, JANUARY 7th- MAY 2nd, 2019
Testing appointments are CLOSED. If you are interested in taking non-credit ESL classes, please check out testing and registration dates at other Dmacc locations.

Spring Semester Classes:
 

Day Classes: Monday through Thursday, 8:15am – 10:15am and 10:30am – 12:30pm.

Night Classes: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00pm –8:30pm.

For more information contact:

Nguyen Dang, nndang@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7762 in building 3.

Sheryl Sexauer, ssexauer@dmacc.edu, 515-697-7764 in building 3.

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

 

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

Walnut Creek Church

 

Spring 2019 Testing & Registration will be:

Date:  Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

 
You do not have to pre-register - you can just show up at testing.

Class will begin the week of January 7th, 2019 and end May 2nd, 2019.

Evening classes are mixed level and are on: 
Tuesday, Thursday from 6:00-9:00 PM

 For information contact:

 Lori Rice, lsrice@dmacc.edu, 515-287-8723

 

​Walnut Creek Church

323 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA  50309