AESL Certificates of Competency

Saddleback Adult Education now offers Adult English as a Second Language students the opportunity to earn two Certificates of Competency. These certificates were approved by the State Chancellor's Office in April 2017.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

the following was approved by the State Chancellor’s Office on May 2, 2017:

AESL Beginning

To earn the AESL Certificate of Competency – Beginning Level, students must demonstrate proficiency in their ability to:
  • Identify or use appropriate language to get information or solve a problem.
  • Identify or use various methods to make purchases, returns and exchanges.
  • Identify driving regulations and emergency numbers/procedures.
  • Communicate with medical staff regarding condition, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Identify procedures involved in finding, applying and interviewing for a job.
  • Identify the basic structure of American government and the political system.
  • Distinguish fact from opinion, and determine what is required and optional.
Students who earn the AESL Certificate of Competency - Beginning are eligible to take AESL Citizenship (708T), and may be prepared to enter the workplace.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

the following was approved by the State Chancellor’s Office on April 6, 2017

AESL Intermediate-Advanced

To earn the AESL Certificate of Competency – Intermediate-Advanced, students must demonstrate proficiency in their ability to:
  • Understand face-to-face and telephone conversations in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Take and interpret telephone messages, leave messages on voice mail, and interpret recorded messages.
  • Use English appropriately in social situations (e.g. ask for and offer opinions and advice; respond to tag questions; express emotions).
  • Scan for specific details, skim for general ideas, using multi-paragraph authentic reading passages on familiar topics.
  • Summarize and discuss multi-paragraph reading passages or audio-visual materials.  
  • Write related sentences to form a fully comprehensible paragraph on a topic of personal interest, experience or knowledge.
  • Write a short biography, personal letters, business letters and letters of complaint.
  • Complete forms such as medical health history, job application, college application.
  • Interpret and critically assess information from online sources.
  • Interpret wages, wage deductions, benefits and timekeeping forms.
Students who earn the AESL Certificate of Competency – Intermediate/Advanced are eligible to take AESL Citizenship (708T), and may be prepared to enter the Saddleback College ESL Program or CTE job-preparation program (placement tests required for both).

AESL – Beginning Level
Certificate of Competency

The Adult Education in English as a Second Language (AESL) Certificate of Competency – Beginning Level is designed for students to demonstrate basic English language skills. The goal of this level is to build reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills so that students can communicate effectively in everyday situations. Emphasis on comprehending simple conversation, communicating survival needs, reading phrases and simple sentences, and performing communicative written tasks.

Students are placed within the following sequence of foundation courses according to their English abilities and progress through this sequence. Courses may be offered days, evenings and weekends during fall, spring and summer. There are no enrollment limitations or prerequisites for these courses.

Course ID Title Hours
AESL 701T Basic Literacy 149.40
AESL 702T Beginning Low 149.40
AESL 703T Beginning High 149.40
Total Hours for the Certificate: 298.80 – 448.20

Students who earn the AESL Certificate of Competency – Beginning are eligible to take AESL Citizenship (708T) and may be prepared to enter the workplace.


AESL – Intermediate – Advanced Level
Certificate of Competency

The Adult Education in English as a Second Language (AESL) Certificate of Competency-Intermediate-Advanced is designed for students to demonstrate “Advanced Low” English language skills. The goal of this level is to build reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary and study skills, so that students can continue to communicate effectively in everyday situations and plus develop the language necessary to work toward career, personal and education goals (including preparation for credit courses).

Students are placed within the following sequence of core courses according to their English abilities and progress through this sequence. Courses may be offered days, evenings and weekends during fall, spring and summer. To enroll in these courses, students demonstrate the competencies from the AESL-Beginning Certificate, or have taken the Beginning-level courses. There are no enrollment limitations or prerequisites for these courses.

Course ID Title Hours
AESL 704T Intermediate Low 149.40
AESL 705T Intermediate High 149.40
AESL 706T Advanced Low 149.40
Total Hours for the Certificate: 298.80 – 448.20

Students who earn the AESL Certificate of Competency – Intermediate – Advanced are eligible to take AESL Citizenship (708T) and may be prepared to enter the Saddleback College ESL Program or CTE Job-preparation program (placement tests required for both).

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommendedpreparation, see course description.