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Certificate of Competency
ESL Advanced

The noncredit ESL courses focuses on preparing students to use English to achieve tasks within a variety of real-life situations and experiences. Students are provided with skills to be able to listen, speak, read, and write in English. The instructors are experienced in providing high-quality instruction in an interactive classroom environment. The ESL classes are organized from beginning to advance with opportunities to earn a Certificate of Competency in areas of Foundational English, Intermediate English and Advanced English. These certificates mark successful progress in the ESL sequence. Classes are offered in multiple locations and flexible times throughout the communities the college serves.

The emphasis of the program is to:

  • Provide communication skills necessary for daily living situations
  • Prepare students to transfer to college
  • Encourage students to continue pursuing lifelong learning, training, and career advancement
Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

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Sample Education Plan

CourseUnitsTypically Offered
Required Courses
NESL 017 - ESL Intermediate IINC0.0
NESL 017 - ESL Intermediate II (0.0 units)

Prerequisite:NESL 016 or equivalent placement (CASAS Appraisal)

This course focuses on preparing English learners to communicate independently and effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students practice engaging in extended conversations, reading for comprehension of authentic texts, and writing multiple paragraphs with good command of grammar conventions. If taken in sequence with NESL 016, successful completion of this course earns a Certificate of Competency in Intermediate English as a Second Language and prepares students for entry into NESL 018.

NESL 018 - ESL Advanced INC0.0
NESL 018 - ESL Advanced I (0.0 units)

Prerquisite:NESL 017 or equivalent placement (CASAS Appraisal)

This course stresses the refinement and expansion of language skills which enable students to use fluid-paced English to effectively meet social, academic, and workplace demands. Reading for comprehension focuses on factual extraction as well as interpretation using critical thinking skills. Progression of writing skills focuses on the introduction of the writing process and the construct well-developed compositions. If taken in sequence with NESL 017, successful completion of this course earns a Certificate of Competency in Advanced English as a Second Language and prepares students for direct entry to Rio Hondo College’s Credit English Program.

Total Units:0.0 
Total Units for ESL Advanced program 0.0 
Required courses to receive a noncredit certificate.
NC Noncredit course
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About RHC

Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.


Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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