English Language Acquisition (ELA)

English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Kirkwood’s English Language Acquisition (ELA) course of study offers many opportunities for you to practice your English speaking and writing skills. A Kirkwood education can help prepare you for a better career or get you ready to transfer to a four-year institution.

All courses are taught in English, which helps prepare you for further study at Kirkwood. Additionally, studying English helps non-native speakers improve their employment and promotion opportunities.

Next Steps To Start ELA

English - Next Steps     Français - Prochaines Étapes    Español - Próximos Pasos

الخطوات التالية - عربى      中國 - 下一步    Tiếng Việt - Bước Tiếp Theo

English as a Second Language (ESL) English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Free/no tuition Tuition (limited financial assistance available)
Non-credit Earn elective college credit
Beginner/advanced classes available Beginner/advanced classes available
Classes cover all skills — enroll in one class at a time Classes focus on one skill — enroll in multiple classes at a time
90-minute classes, 4 days per week Classes available 5 days per week
7-week classes start in July, September, October, January, and March 16-week classes start in August and January; summer classes start in May and July
Learn academic and workforce-based language skills Learn academic English for college
Personalized instruction Personalized instruction
Small class sizes Small class sizes
Highly qualified instructors Highly qualified instructors
Pathway navigation assistance Pathway navigation assistance


New Students

Next Steps

 

Placement Testing

Each student must make TWO appointments for placement. Choose your prefence of hybrid in-person and online testing, or online only testing below. Each option contains an online portion that is taken at home on your own computer.

1. Cedar Rapids Campus: In-Person + Online

Grammar/Reading/Writing at Cedar Rapids Test Center and Listening/Speaking Online Test

2. Iowa City Campus: In-Person + Online

Grammar/Reading/Writing at Iowa City Test Center and Listening/Speaking Online Test

3. All Online Testing:

Reading/Writing/Grammar Online Test and Listening/Speaking Online Test

If you feel you do not require English language classes, you need to show proof of English proficiency by emailing ela@kirkwood.edu copies of your academic transcript showing college-level classes taught in English (examples include Composition or Psychology), OR copies of test scores showing you meet minimum English proficiency requirements (e.g., ACT-18 English, SAT-430 Writing, TOEFL-PBT-500, TOEFL-IBT-63, IELTS Writing-5.0), OR a high school GPA of 2.80 or higher with no ELL support.

If you do need to learn English, we are excited for you to start English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes. There are a few things you need to do to get started. Here are your next steps are below starting with Orientation.

Apply for financial aid Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov for the appropriate academic year. Kirkwood’s school code is 004076. Questions? Contact financialaid@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-7600. Kirkwood awards over $3 million in scholarships each year! Apply at www.kirkwood.edu/scholarships

ELA Orientation

Completing orientation is a requirement for all new students. During orientation, you will get connected to resources and services, meet other students, focus on what it takes to be successful as a new college student, access academic advising, and register for classes. Register below, you will receive an email confirmation.

If you have questions, call Sharon 319-398-5668 on the Cedar Rapids campus. In Iowa City, call Mohamed Joreya at 319-887-3628. You can also email ELA@kirkwood.edu.

Register Now

 

You will take four to five classes at each ELA level and gain proficiency in these areas:

  • Academic Writing
  • Pronunciation
  • Research Skills
  • Conversation Fluency
  • Grammar
  • Listening and Note Taking
  • Computer Literacy
  • Reading and Vocabulary Development
  • American Cultural Skills
  • Presentation Skills

Thank you. If you have any further questions about the ELA courses, please contact us using the links at the top or bottom of this page.



Current Students

SPRING TERM

ON CAMPUS CEDAR RAPIDS 3010 CEDAR HALL

MONDAY

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Rita Cabello

WEDNESDAY

10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Gail Koch

FRIDAY

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Gloria Wenman

 

ON CAMPUS IOWA CITY 348 ICCR

TUESDAY and THURSDAY

12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Amal Elmardi

 

ZOOM MEETINGS


TUESDAY 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Iryna Hasnikova| | Zoom link

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | April Hetrick | Zoom link

7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. | Chris Vandervelde | Zoom link  

Meeting ID: 962 7106 6351

 

 

THURSDAY 
5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. | Iryna Hasnikova |  Zoom link

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Chris Vandervelde  | Zoom link

Meeting ID: 962 7106 6351

 

 

 

 

 

The Language Lab is located in 3010 Cedar Hall, on the main campus. Open hours during Fall: 

Tuesday 11:15a.m.-12:10p.m.

Thursday: 11:15a.m.-12:10p.m.

Friday: 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

ELA Spring Classes
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Classes & Curriculum

These courses are intended for students pursuing a Kirkwood degree, but needing further English instruction and preparation prior to taking college level courses. Focus is given to developing English proficiency in the following areas:

• Academic Writing • Pronunciation • Research Skills
• Conversation Fluency • Grammar • Listening and Note Taking
• Computer Literacy • Reading & Vocabulary Development
• American Cultural Skills • Presentation Skills

Kirkwood offers the following courses in ELA. While ELA courses do not transfer to other colleges and universities, two of the Level 5 bridge classes, which count as 6 elective credits, and the Kirkwood speech requirement, do transfer.

In-person

  • Available Levels: Levels  2, 3, 4, 5; Level 2 is  Mon., Tue., Wed., and Th.
  • Location – Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
  • Computer Requirements — Laptop or desktop computer required. Talon is used for all classes grading and assignments.
  • Attendance – Attendance is required. Students must be present in the classroom.
  • Meeting Times – Classes meet at a specific date and time.
  • Teachers – Teachers are in person in the classroom.
  • Homework and Assignments – Normal homework expectations.
  • Types of Students – Students who prefer the traditional in-person learning on campus.
  • Extra Help – ELA Tutoring; Cedar Rapids language lab; ELA Advisor is available to answer questions.

Zoom

  • Available Levels — Levels 3, 4, 5
  • Location – On computer
  • Computer Requirements — Laptop or desktop computer required. You cannot take classes from your phone. Talon is used for all classes grading and assignments.
  • Attendance – Attendance is required. Students must be on Zoom during class time.
  • Meeting Times – Classes meet at a specific date and time.
  • Teachers – Teachers are on the computer on Zoom.
  • Homework and Assignments – Normal homework expectations.
  • Types of Students – Students who prefer to or need to learn from home but prefer the structure of a daily schedule.
  • Extra Help – ELA Tutoring; Cedar Rapids language lab; ELA Advisor is available to answer questions.

Talon (Not Zoom)

  • Available Levels – Levels 4, 5
  • Location – On computer
  • Computer Requirements – Laptop or desktop computer required. You cannot take classes from your phone. Talon is used for all classes grading and assignments.
  • Attendance – No specific attendance requirement. Students must log in to Talon regularly to do work and submit work.
  • Meeting Times – Classes do not meet at a scheduled time.
  • Teachers – Teachers are available for office hours and individual help but no specific class time.
  • Homework and Assignments – You will be responsible for getting work done on time on your own. You may ask questions to your instructor via email or office hours.
  • Types of Students – Students who prefer to learn from home and are very self-motivated. Students must be able to manage their own time on a weekly basis for weekly online assignments, homework, test, etc.
  • Extra Help – ELA Tutoring, Cedar Rapids language lab; ELA Advisor is available to answer questions.

ELA Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
ESI-024 L2 Reading and Writing 6
ESI-027 L2 Listening and Speaking 6
Total Credits 12

 

NOTE: Level 2 and 3 students may take an optional L2/L3 Keyboarding class for 1 credit.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ESI-039 L3 Listening Skills, Conversation, and Culture 3
ESI-040 L3 Phonetics and Pronunciation 3
ESI-042 L3 Reading and Vocabulary 3
ESI-038 L3 ELA Grammar 4
ESI-037 L3 ELA Writing 2
Total Credits 15

 

Note: Level 2 and 3 students may take an optional L2/L3 Keyboarding class for 1 credit.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ESI-062 L4 Culture and Conversation 3
ESI-069 L4 Presentations 3
ESI-068 L4 Reading and Vocabulary 3
ESI-064 L4 ELA Grammar 3
ESI-063 L4 ELA Writing 3
Total Credits 15

 

NOTE: Level 4 and Level 5 students may take an optional math vocabulary course for one credit.

Level 5 Bridge Classes

Level 5 ELA students take four classes. Of these classes, two are bridge classes. These classes are taught in the same way as other credit courses, which allows students to practice their new skills and gauge their capacity for success after leaving ELA coursework.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ESI-090 L5 Culture and Conversation 3
RDG-130 Effective Reading Strategies 3
ENG-101 Elements of Writing 3
ESI-072 Fundamentals of English Grammar 3
Total Credits 12

 

NOTE: Level 4 and Level 5 students may take an optional math vocabulary course for 1 credit.

NOTE: Level 5 students may take an optional Health Care Communications course for three credits.


Meet Our Faculty

Elizabeth Baertlein
Elizabeth Baertlein
Title: Instructor, ELA
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5152
319-398-4998
Office: 3020 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; St. Mary’s University, M.A.; St. Cloud State University
Bio: Betsy Baertlein teaches English Language Acquisition (ELA) courses and has completed her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, her bachelor’s degree in English at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has completed additional graduate coursework in the Language, Literacy and Culture doctorate program at The University of Iowa and her research interests include critical pedagogy and language learner identities. Betsy is a dedicated bicycle commuter and can be seen biking to campus in all weather.
Ryan Dehner
Title: Associate Professor, ELA
Phone: 319-887-3957
Office: Room 343 Iowa City Campus
Education: B.A.; University of Wyoming, M.A.; University of Iowa
Bio: Ryan has experience teaching world languages at the K-12, community college, university, and federal government level. Before Kirkwood, he taught Spanish at Laramie High School, supervised student teachers at The University of Iowa, and trained language teachers at the Defense Language Institute's Instructor Development Branch. He has resided in England, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and explored many parts of Europe, Central and South America, Australia, the Middle East, South-Central Asia, and Africa. His professional interests involve teacher mentoring, building cross-cultural understanding, working with refugee populations, L2 curriculum design, L2 methodologies, competency-based learning, and oral proficiency assessment. Ryan teaches English Language Acquisition (ELA) courses.
William Denny
Will Denny
Title: Instructor, ELA
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 1727
Office: 2008E Iowa Hall
Education: M.A. Linguistics/TESOL, University of Iowa
Bio: Will is an avid language learner, with an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Iowa. He has studied and worked in China, Jordan, Canada, and the U.S. Before joining Global Learning at Kirkwood, Will was co-directing an English language program at the University of Zhejiang International Campus, serving students of both the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Edinburgh. In addition to teaching, Will has a special interest in language assessment, as well as assessment data analytics, natural language analytics, and constructed languages.
Richard Heath
Title: Professor, Spanish and English Language Acquisition
Phone: 319-887-3644
Office: 344 Iowa City Campus
Education: B.A. in Spanish/Latin American Literature and Cultures, University of Kansas; M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University
Bio: Richard has taught all levels of Spanish, Language and Society (sociolinguistics), and all levels of English Language Acquisition. His professional interests include world language advocacy, pedagogy, pragmatics, Latin American literature, and study abroad planning and implementation, among other things. His personal interests include classic VWs, adventure motorcycling, and traveling with his family.
Esperanza Munoz-Perez
Esperanza Muñoz Pérez
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-4998
Office: 1019 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A. and M.A.; University of Iowa
Bio: Esperanza, a native of Spain, arrived in Iowa City in 1994 after living previously in Scotland and in the Pacific. Her passion for history, culture, and language was richly rewarded while working with 18th-century Spanish documents for the Micronesian Research Center at the University of Guam. All aspects of language intrigue her, whether related to her experience as an interpreter and translator or as a language professor for the last 16 years. Her love for Romance languages led her to study Latin, Portuguese, Italian, French language and Literature, as well as Medieval Spanish Literature. The intricacies of language have always been an important part of her academic and personal life. Esperanza teaches English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes.
Carlos Ortega-Amparán
Title: Assistant Professor, ELA
Phone: 319-398-5988 ext. 5830
319-398-4998
Office: 3019 Cedar Hall
Bio: Carlos teaches English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes.
Olga Petrova
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-887-3952
Office: Room 253 Iowa City Campus
Education: M.A.; English and German, Russian Pedagogical State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, M.A.; TESOL, University of Northern Iowa, Ph.D.; Linguistics, University of Iowa
Bio: Over the years, Olga has taught English and Linguistics at various levels to many audiences (high school, teacher-training university, adult foreign-languages program in Russia; undergraduate and graduate ESL and linguistics, Iowa Intensive English Program (IIEP) and Teaching Assistant Preparation Program (TAPE) at the University of Iowa). Olga has been teaching composition, linguistics, and ELA classes for Kirkwood Community College since 2002, as well as occasional linguistics classes at the University of Iowa. In the last few years, Olga has been teaching English Language Acquisition grammar, reading, and writing.
Colleen Schmitt
Title: Instructor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5989
319-398-4998
Office: 3024 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; Luther College, M.A.; Hamline University
Bio: Colleen holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Luther College and earned an M.A. in ESL with an adult learner emphasis from Hamline University. Prior to joining International Programs, Colleen coordinated Kirkwood’s noncredit ESL program in Iowa City. Her professional interests include advocacy for English Language Learners and best practices for teaching students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). Colleen is a licensed K-12 educator and taught high school English, Spanish, and ELL for several years. She has studied in Chile, Spain, Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico and has led service-learning trips for American students abroad.
  • Hala Abumaizer-Scheetz
  • Rita Cabello
  • Ulrike Carlson
  • Sofia Chesney
  • Kelly Fink
  • Amy Guo
  • Iryna Hasnikova
  • April Hetrick
  • Gail Koch
  • Stephen McTier
  • Jennie Morton
  • Linda Park
  • Eleanor Price
  • Gloria Wenman
  • Nancy York
  • Scott Bleuer
  • Robert DeSpain
  • Amal Elmardi
  • Indya Finch
  • Anne Kiche
  • Wendy Labinger
  • Margaret MacInnis
  • Yvonne Maruniak
  • Susana Nkurlu
  • Denise Tiffany
  • Chris Vandervelde
  • Kris Wingate

If you wish to improve your English language skills for other educational purposes, work use, or social settings, Kirkwood has non-credit options. Please call 319-887-3646 for information about Iowa City courses and 319-784-1510 for Cedar Rapids courses.


Questions?

Make an appointment for a Zoom meeting with our ELA advisor.


Contact Global Learning

Global Learning Cedar Rapids / ELA & English Language Learners
2008 Iowa Hall
319-398-5668
ela@kirkwood.edu 


Global Learning Cedar Rapids Main Campus
2008 Iowa Hall

319-398-5579 
international@kirkwood.edu
 

Global Learning Iowa City Campus
Room 101
319-887-3628 
international@kirkwood.edu