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English as a Second Language (ESL)

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ESL classes are for any adult learners in the Iowa Lakes’ five county area trying to improve their English speaking, listening, and writing skills. ESL classes take place at the Estherville and Spencer Campuses. 

Rosetta Stone is available for independent study at each of the Success Centers at the Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, and Spirit Lake Campuses. The emphasis of this program is for students to improve English Language Skills for daily living, for better understanding on the job, to advance to our Adult Basic Education, then the High School Equivalency Diploma classes if a high school diploma is needed or desired. 

To begin and remain in the Adult Education & Literacy Program at Iowa Lakes Community College and to gain the requisite skills to move into ABE classes, students must:

  1. Attend an orientation session with an ESL instructor. 
  2. Complete an application.
  3. Take a Reading and Listening CASAS pre-test to determine academic skill level.
  4. Attend direct instruction classes with our qualified teachers. Students must acquire at least 40 hours of instruction. However, academic understanding is of upmost importance, so students are allowed to take as many classes as necessary to obtain a deep understanding of the material. Classes are held at the Estherville and Spencer Campuses: 
    i.  Attendance is a requirement. 40 hours of instruction is a requirement by the Iowa Department of Education. Our ESL students must attend every class to improve their English speaking, listening, and writing skills. We schedule classes at multiple times of the day and at different locations so that every ESL student has the opportunity to improve their skills, but we also need every student to make the commitment to attend class as well.
  5. Post-test Reading and/or Listening CASAS tests to determine academic skill gains.

English as a Second Language Opportunities (ESL)

For more information regarding the Adult Education & Literacy ESL programs, please contact the following:

Estherville Campus  
Nancy Ramos
Joseph May
Spencer Campus  
Ann Aalgaard
712 262-8646 

***Classes and instruction are FREE to all Adult Education & Literacy students.***

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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