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ESL classes offered in Iowa Falls

IOWA FALLS – English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for people who do not speak English as their first language will be offered at Ellsworth Community College, in the Trades and Industries building, room 104. Classes begin on Monday, January 8 through May 21, and meet Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.

In the multi-level ESL class, students will learn vocabulary, grammar, phonics, reading, writing, and speaking as they read books and newspapers, role play, participate in various group activities, and talk about real-life scenarios. Students will also gain computer skills as they do research on the computer and use online programs. Sherilyn Hitch, English as a Second Language instructor for Iowa Valley Continuing Education, says, “Students need to have interesting activities to stay engaged and feel comfortable with what they are doing. ESL class needs to be relevant to their lives because learning a new language is such hard work.”

Hitch hopes people will take advantage of this opportunity to become more computer literate and more comfortable speaking, reading, and writing English. Although spring term orientation begins on January 8, new students can join the class at any time through March 26.

Spring tuition is $35. The books cost $25.

Questions can be directed to Hitch at Ellsworth Community College by calling (641) 648-8644 or by email at

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