Free English as Second Language Classes for Adult Learners on Algona Campus of Iowa Lakes

(Estherville, Iowa) Iowa Lakes Community College offers many opportunities for adults who speak English as a Second Language (ESL) to learn the skills required for success, including improving English skills from beginning to advanced levels. The Algona campus of Iowa Lakes will be offering free ESL classes for adult learners starting on September 14, 2020.

The classes will be in a face-to-face format with the instructor and students wearing face shields or masks and spaced out in the classroom to ensure safety. The classes run in eight-week sessions and meet twice a week for 2.5 hours per class.

The ESL classes, funded through a government grant, are free of charge for students.  Each student must attend an orientation and take an English test to start taking classes.

The ESL classes are available for English language adult learners to improve reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English while gaining workplace skills and vocabulary. ESL classes also focus on improving math skills; and acquiring an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom, and citizenship responsibilities.

The instructor for the English as a Second Language class in Algona is Emily Murphy.  Murphy has previously worked at Iowa Lakes Community College as the Educational Counselor and Violence Prevention Coordinator.  Murphy earned her bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University and her master’s degree from Marquette University.

For more information about the ESL classes offered in Algona and to reserve a spot, please call Emily Murphy at 515-295-8535 or email at

For More Information:

Steve McCauley, Adult Education and Literacy Programmer, at 712-852-5226 or via email at

Emily Murphy, Adult Education & Literacy/English as a Second Language Instructor, at 515-295-8535 or via email at