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English as a Second Language (ESL)

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Aloha! Hawai'i Community College (Hawaii CC) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to help English Language Learning (ELL) students prepare for college level courses.

Classes are divided into 2 levels:

Upper Intermediate English

This course focuses on the fundamental skills needed to become a proficient reader and writer of English. This course concentrates on developing reading strategies, academic vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar concepts, and writing through a process approach.

Advanced English

In this class you will learn about critical reading and how to understand how a writer uses the English language to inform, entertain, and persuade the reader. You will also learn lots of new academic vocabulary.
In this class you will learn advanced grammar skills to apply to your academic writing. These skills will help you develop your own writing style with sophistication and clarity.
In this class you will strengthen your academic writing skills by learning how to inform and persuade your readers convincingly.

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Who should take Hawaii CCs ESL classes?


You should take our ESL classes if:

  • you learned another language before English, and
  • you have trouble reading and writing in English, and/or
  • you have trouble understanding written or spoken English

We recommend taking ESL reading, writing, and grammar classes at the same time. The reason for this recommendation is because many of the skills that you learn in reading and grammar are needed in writing. However, taking all three classes during the same semester is not required.

What are the differences between ESL classes and other English classes?
Hawaii CCs ESL classes have many benefits for speakers of other languages:

  • smaller class sizes
  • a comfortable learning environment
  • reading and writing instruction specifically for speakers of other languages
  • assistance with pronunciation
  • assistance with computers
  • lots of individual support for every student
  • lots of new and useful vocabulary
  • access to our ESL lab (http://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/tlc/ESL)
  • counseling services with counselors that understand exactly what you need


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What is the ESL Lab?

The ESL lab is a place where ESL students can receive help with writing, grammar, vocabulary, and computer skills. The lab is located in the Learning Center. See this link for more information: http://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/tlc/ESL
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How is the Hawai`i Community College Intensive English Program (IEP) different from the ESL program?

1. The IEP classes are non-credit and not covered by financial aid.

2. ESL classes earn credit and qualify for financial aid.

3. IEP classes meet 4 times a week for 8 week sessions.

4. ESL classes run on a semester system (16 weeks).

5. The IEP focuses on the needs of international students with assistance for visas, housing, and adjusting to life in Hilo. http://iephawaii.com/Default.asp

6. The ESL program focuses on the needs of English language learners who are residents.


How do I register for ESL classes?

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Follow these steps...

Option 1
If you are not already a student of Hawai`i Community College please take the following steps:

1. Apply to Hawai`i Community College online:
https://hawaii.hawaii.edu/apply

2. Make an appointment with the Hale Kea Testing Center to take the ESL Accuplacer placement tests: http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/halekea/

3. Register for ESL classes after you receive your placement test results using the MyUH portal:
https://myuh.hawaii.edu/cp/home/displaylogin or contact the Counseling department: https://hawaii.hawaii.edu/counseling

Option 2
If you completed and passed level 4 with the Hawai`i Community College Intensive English Program (IEP), you can automatically register for the advanced levels of ESL courses (ESL 21, ESL 22G, ESL 22W).

Option 3
If you are currently a student of Hawai`i Community College:

1. Make an appointment with the Hale Kea Testing Center to take the ESL Accuplacer placement tests:
http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/halekea/

2. Register for ESL classes after you receive your placement test results using the MyUH portal: https://myuh.hawaii.edu/ or contact the Counseling department: https://hawaii.hawaii.edu/counseling

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For any questions about ESL, please contact:

Carrie B. Mospens
mospens@hawaii.edu
(808) 934-2588

or

Kenoalani Dela Cruz
noa@hawaii.edu
(808) 934-2658

For any questions about IEP, please contact:
Christine Quintana
cdamate@hawaii.edu
(808) 934-2699

FAQs

Who should take HawCC’s ESL classes?

What are the differences between ESL classes and other English classes?

What is the ESL Lab?

How is the Hawai`i Community College Intensive English Program (IEP) different from the ESL program?

How do I register for ESL classes?

Who do I contact for more information?