AESL Certificates of Competency

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Saddleback Adult Education now offers Adult English as a Second Language students the opportunity to earn four state-approved Certificates of Competency. For each certificate, students have to complete two courses with a noncredit grade of P (pass) in each.

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

 

  AESL Beginning Level Certificate of Competency

    (AESL 701 & 702)

The Adult Education English as a Second Language (AESL) Beginning Level Certificate of Competency is designed for students to demonstrate emerging literacy skills in English. 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 focus on comprehending simple conversation, communicating survival needs, reading phrases and simple sentences, and performing communicative written tasks.

 Students have to complete the following two courses with a noncredit grade of P (pass) in each.

Course ID Title
AESL 701NC  Basic Literacy
AESL 702NC  Beginning Low

For information on Program Student Learning Outcomes for this certificate, please click here.

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

  

  AESL Intermediate Level Certificate of Competency

    (AESL 703 & 704)

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 have to complete the following two courses with a noncredit grade of P (pass) in each.

Course ID Title
AESL 703NC  Beginning High
AESL 704NC  Intermediate Low

For information on Program Student Learning Outcomes for this certificate, please click here.

Students who earn this AESL Certificate of Competency are eligible to take AESL Citizenship (AESL 708), and may be prepared to enter the Saddleback College ESL Program or CTE job preparation program.

 

  AESL Advanced Level Certificate of Competency

    (AESL 705 & 706)

The Adult Education English as a Second Language (AESL) Certificate of Competency Advanced Level is designed for students to demonstrate low-advanced English 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 develop the language necessary to work toward career, personal and education goals (including preparation for credit courses). 

To enroll in these courses, students demonstrate the competencies from the AESL­ Intermediate certificate, or have taken Intermediate ­level courses; however, there are no enrollment limitations or prerequisites for these courses.

 Students have to complete the following two courses with a noncredit grade of P (pass) in each.

Course ID Title
AESL 705NC  Intermediate High
AESL 706NC  Advanced Low

For information on Program Student Learning Outcomes for this certificate, please click here.

Students who earn the AESL Certificate of Competency - Advanced are eligible to take AESL Citizenship (708), and may be prepared to enter the Saddleback College ESL Program or CTE job-preparation program.

 

  AESL for the Workplace Certificate of Competency

    (AESL 710 & 720 -- offered in Spring 2021)

The Adult Education English as a Second Language (AESL) for the Workplace Certificate of Competency is a sequence of two courses offered as a resource for students to improve their language skills before entering a CTE program or the workforce. These noncredit courses are designed for non-native English speakers to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to communicate effectively in a vocational/job-related context. Focus will be on job-specific terminology, field-related reading, practical writing tasks and oral communication strategies to clearly enunciate target vocabulary and sustain intelligible conversations with coworkers, supervisors, patients, students, clients, and peers.

Students have to complete the following two courses with a noncredit grade of P (pass) in each.

Course ID Title

AESL 710NC (Beginning in the Fall 2020 semester)

Adult Education ESL for the Workplace I 

AESL 720NC (Beginning in the Spring 2021 semester)

Adult Education ESL for the Workplace II

For information on Program Student Learning Outcomes for this certificate, please click here.