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Certificate of Competency
ESL Intermediate

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 016 - ESL Intermediate INC0.0
NESL 016 - ESL Intermediate I (0.0 units)

Prerequisite:NESL 015 or equivalent placement (CASAS Appraisal)

This course focuses on expanding students' listening and speaking skills in face-to-face conversations in social, academic, and work contexts. Students gain ability to read and interpret narrative passages on a variety of topics, and to write simple routine correspondence and short paragraphs. Upon successful completion of this course students are prepared to enter NESL 017.

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.

Total Units:0.0 
Total Units for ESL Intermediate 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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