Community Based English Language Learning

Immigrant and Refugee Community Services

LSI’s Community Based English Language Learning (CBELL) program empowers immigrants and refugees with numerous accessible online and in-person English classes led by knowledgeable, compassionate teachers. Participants gain language and social skills along with cultural awareness that enable them to quickly gain employment, integrate, and thrive in their new communities.


New students can register at any time. All students must register and take a pre-test before joining a class. Registration is by appointment only.

To make a registration appointment, please contact or call LSI’s front desk at 515.271.7335.

Prospective new students will come to LSI’s office at the time of their appointment to complete registration paperwork and placement testing. The process typically takes between one and one and a half hours. Classes will meet online and/or in person.

We offer pre-literacy to high beginning-level English classes to adult learners, regardless of immigration status or country of origin. Classes are offered at no cost to learners.

We offer free beginning and intermediate-level English classes to adults over the age of 18, regardless of immigration status or country of origin.

Current Session

Spring Session #2 (Monday, March 21, 2022 – Saturday, May 14, 2022)

Classes are currently being offered online via Zoom or in-person. A smartphone or computer with wi-fi access are needed to participate in online classes. Please call 515.271.7335 for more information.

Course Offerings

Monday and Wednesday, 9 – 10 a.m. (high-beginning/low-intermediate level)

Monday – Thursday, 1 – 2 p.m.  (beginning level)
Monday – Thursday, 1 – 2 p.m. (intermediate level)

Monday – Thursday, 6 – 7 p.m. (beginning level)
Monday and Wednesday, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (intermediate level)

Saturday and Sunday, 3 – 4 p.m. (high-beginning/low-intermediate level)

B. was in a panic. It was time for her to take her U.S. Citizenship Exam and while she knew the alphabet, she failed both the reading and writing sections of the four-part exam. She attended LSI’s ESL class until she felt confident and ready to retake the test. This time, she passed with flying colors.

For questions about this program or how to register, contact

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