ELI Course Descriptions

Courses in the English Language Institute (ELI) do not count towards graduation.

Placement into these classes is dependent on results from the English Language Placement Assessment and the Writing Placement Assessment administered during orientation week.  Students who do not have placement results are not allowed to register.  If you are advising a student without placement results, please contact the ELI director, Julie Mowrer, at jmowrer@hawaii.edu.

Intermediate Level Classes

ESL 061: Listening and Speaking in English, 3 credits 

Practice in listening comprehension, conversational skills, discussion skills, and understanding cultural differences. Includes language lab. Entry requirement:  ESL 061 placement in English Language Placement Assessment.

ESL 062: Essentials of English Grammar, 3 credits

Intensive drill in and contextual practice of the rules of noun and verb forms and usage in English, and in connectives and other function forms.  Entry requirement:  ESL 062 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment.

ESL 063: Basics of Reading in English, 3 credits

Preparation for college-level reading with work in vocabulary, understanding complex sentence structures, reading strategies, and relation of writing to reading. Includes self-paced reading lab.  Entry requirement:  ESL 063 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment.

ESL 064: Preparation for English Composition, 3 credits

Preparation for college-level writing with work in vocabulary, sentence structure, and the development and reinforcement of paragraph skills.  Entry requirement: 064 placement on the Writing Placement Assessment.

High-Intermediate Level Classes

ESL 071: Basic Communication Skills, 3 credits

Designed for non-native speakers to improve listening, thinking, and communicating ideas in English.  Native-speaker lectures and speech practice accelerate the learning skills needed for college work.  Includes language lab.  Entry requirement:  ESL 071 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 061.

ESL 072: Basics of English Grammar, 3 credits

Introduction and the practice of English grammar.  Emphasis on accurate use of basic structures in both speaking and writing. Entry requirement: ESL 072 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 062.

ESL 073: English Reading Skills, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to build and acquire academic reading skills.  Focus is on increasing reading speed, building vocabulary, previewing and predicting, skimming and scanning, and finding main ideas and details.  The course also includes work in a self-paced reading lab. Entry requirement:  ESL 073 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 063.

ESL 074: Introduction to Composition, 3 credits

Introduction and practice in writing coherent, well-organized paragraphs as well as muli-paragraph essays in a variety of rhetorical styles.  Entry requirement: ESL 074 placement on the Writing Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 064.

Advanced Level Classes

ESL 081: Academic Communication Skills, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to practice listening, thinking, and communicating ideas in English requisite for college study.  Authentic lectures and formal speech practice expose students to the language used and required in academic coursework.  Includes language lab.  Entry Requirement:  ESL 081 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 071.

ESL 082: Intermediate English Grammar, 3 credits

An overview of advanced grammatical structures that are used in college-level speaking and writing.  One-third of the class is a writing lab.  The lab will be focused on identifying grammar problems and developing editing skills for academic writing. Entry requirements:  ESL 082 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 072.

ESL 083: Introduction to Academic Reading, 3 credits

A course for non-native speakers of English using authentic texts and selected fiction which is designed to develop reading skills necessary for college-level work.  Emphasis on vocabulary development, finding main ideas and specific details, and drawing inferences.  Training and practice in developing increased reading rates.  Entry requirements:  ESL 083 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 073.

ESL 084: Intermediate Composition, 3 credits

Introduction and practice in writing expository essays.  Attention to various stages of the writing process: generating ideas, drafting, peer review, and revision.  Special emphasis on identification and editing of grammatical errors.  Entry requirement: ESL 084 placement on the Writing Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 074.

Elective Courses

ESL 085: American English Pronunciation, 2 credits

Designed for non-native speakers to improve their Standard American English (SAE) pronunciation. Emphasis is on making speech intelligible. Students will focus on vowel and consonant sounds, word-, phrase-, and sentence-stress, intonation, and rhythm. During class, students will practice differentiating speech sounds in both listening and production. Outside of class, student will use technology to practice. No prerequisites.