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Certificate of Competency
ESL for College Preparation

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 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.

NESL 019 - ESL Advanced IINC0.0
NESL 019 - ESL Advanced II (0.0 units)

Prerquisite:NESL 018 or equivalent placement

The College Preparation course is the highest Noncredit ESL level designed for students who wish to prepare for transition into various academic programs at the college level. This course reinforces and builds on students’ English language skills to meet the academic expectations of college courses. Students are introduced to basic elements of an academic course: understanding the syllabus, note-taking, participating in discussion, interpreting written texts, composing essays, and making presentations. Students practice these academic skills in a supportive language-learning community. If taken in sequence with NESL 018, the successful completion of this course earns the Certificate of Competency in English for College Preparation and prepares students for direct entry to Rio Hondo College’s Credit English Program.

Total Units:0.0 
Total Units for ESL for College Preparation 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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