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Certificate of Competency
ESL Foundational

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 001 - ESL Beginnnig INC0.0
NESL 001 - ESL Beginnnig I (0.0 units)

This course is suitable for the true beginner to the English language. This entry level course focuses on the acquisition of basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to meet immediate social communication needs in an English-speaking environment. Successful completion of this course prepares students to enter NESL 015.

NESL 015 - ESL Beginning IINC0.0
NESL 015 - ESL Beginning II (0.0 units)

Prerequisite:NESL 001 or equivalent placement (CASAS Appraisal)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills enabling the student to satisfy routine demands in social settings. Students develop the ability to comprehend and respond to basic spoken English. Students practice reading and writing at the sentence level. If taken in sequence with NESL 001, successful completion of this course earns a Certificate of Competency in Foundational English as a Second Language and prepares students for entry into NESL 016.

Total Units:0.0 
Total Units for ESL Foundational 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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