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Adult Education English as a Second Language - Intermediate Level Certificate of Competency

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The Adult Education English as a Second Language (AESL) Certificate of Competency Intermediate Level is designed for students to demonstrate intermediate English skills. The goal of this level is to build reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills so that students can communicate in everyday situations. Emphasis will be on creative oral language, initial critical thinking skills in reading comprehension and performing communicative written tasks as well as beginning academic writing. To enroll in these courses, students demonstrate the competencies from the AESL­ Beginning certificate, or have taken beginning ­level courses; however, there are no enrollment limitations or prerequisites for these courses. Students who complete AESL 703 Beginning High and AESL 704 Intermediate Low with a passing noncredit grade of P in each course are eligible for the AESL Certificate of Competency­ Intermediate. Students who earn the AESL Certificate of Competency ­ Intermediate are eligible to take AESL Citizenship (AESL 708), and may be prepared to enter the Saddleback College ESL Program or CTE job preparation program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Write related sentences to form a simple paragraph on a personal  topic
  • Complete forms: job application, medical history form, registration form for higher educational facility
  • Begin using critical thinking skills in reading comprehension activities
  • Skim for general meaning and scan for specific information in simple life skill materials related to immediate needs
  • Identify or make inferences through inductive and deductive reasoning to hypothesize, predict, conclude, and synthesize (after listening to a portion of a reading passage, student will make predictions on conclusion of passage)
  • Participate in simple face­to­face conversations about survival needs, daily and leisure activities, and personal interests; articulate words and sentences so that native English speakers can understand
  • Engage courteously in social and interpersonal relations: apologize, make excuses, express worry and disappointment, give and get permission, make offers and suggestions, give advice
  • Ask and answer questions in simple present, past, and future tenses on familiar topics
  • Communicate with a doctor or other medical staff regarding condition, diagnosis, treatment, concerns, etc.
  • Identify procedures involved in interviewing for a job, such as arranging for an interview, acting and dressing appropriately, and selecting appropriate questions and response
  • Recognize acceptable cultural norms in the United States and compare those of a different country
Course ID Title Hours
AESL 703NC   Beginning High-Adult Education English as a Second Language 149.40
AESL 704NC   Intermed. Low-Adult Education English as a Second Language 149.40

Total Hours for the Certificate:




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