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English as a Second Language (ESL)

“Your Fresh Start Begins Now!!”

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

The Adult Education & Literacy Program (AEL) uses BurlingtonEnglish as an online option for ESL. BurlingtonEnglish (BE) is available for independent study at each of the Success Centers at the Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, and Spirit Lake Campuses. Students can utilize BE at home using their own computers to improve their English skills outside of class and instructors also use BE as a supplemental tool in their direct instruction classes. 

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 and complete direction instruction classes with our qualified teachers. Academic understanding is of utmost 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. 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. To be enrolled in this program, each ESL student must make the commitment to attend every day and complete their class in order to properly improve their English listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.
     

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

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
712-362-7965
nramos@iowalakes.edu
Joseph May
712-362-8351
jmay@iowalakes.edu
   
Spencer Campus  
Ann Aalgaard
712-580-8646
aaalgaard@iowalakes.edu 
 

 

 

 Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners
Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners

Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners
Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners

Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners
Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners

Estherville ESL Students with Instructor Glenda Rogers
Estherville ESL Students with Instructor Glenda Rogers

Estherville ESL Students with Instructor Glenda Rogers
Estherville ESL Students with Instructor Glenda Rogers

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