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 & Speaking, Intermediate, 3 credits 

This course is designed for non-native English speakers to gain practice in listening comprehension, conversational skills, discussion skills, and understanding cultural differences. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 061 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment.

ESL 062: English Grammar, Intermediate, 3 credits

This course is designed for non-native English speakers to provide them with practice of the rules of noun and verb forms, connecting words and other forms as they are used in English writing and speaking. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 062 placement in the English Language Placement Assessment.

ESL 063: Academic Reading, Intermediate, 3 credits

This course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare them for academic reading with work in vocabulary, understanding complex sentence structure, reading strategies, and writing in relation to reading. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 063 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment.

ESL 064: Academic Writing, Intermediate, 3 credits

This course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare them for academic writing with work in sentence structure and the development of paragraph skills in a range of rhetorical styles. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 064 placement on the Writing Placement Assessment.

High-Intermediate Level Classes

ESL 071: Listening & Speaking, High-Intermediate, 3 credits

This course is designed for non-native English speakers to improve comprehension and communicating ideas in English. Focus is on taking effective and well-organized notes on high-intermediate level lectures, participating in discussions and giving both formal and informal presentations. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 071 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 061.

ESL 072: English Grammar, High-Intermediate, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to develop their grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking. Focus is on verb tenses, subject/verb agreement, passive voice, connectives; adjective, noun and adverb clauses; gerunds and infinitives, prepositions and using the conditional. This course does not count towards graduation at UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 072 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 062.

ESL 073: Academic Reading, High-Intermediate, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to strengthen academic reading skills. Focus is on building vocabulary, annotating, articulating stated and inferred ideas, distinguishing between fact and opinion, summarizing and responding thoughtfully to academic texts. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 073 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 063.

ESL 074: Academic Writing, High-Intermediate, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to practice writing coherent, well-developed paragraphs and essays in a variety of rhetorical styles. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 074 placement on the Writing Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 064.

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Advanced Level Classes

ESL 081: Listening & Speaking, Advanced, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to practice authentic listening comprehension and notetaking, use the information for discussions and debate, and give well- organized and clearly expressed formal and informal presentations. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 081 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 071.

ESL 082: English Grammar, Advanced, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers, this is an overview and practice of advanced grammatical structures that are used in university-level speaking and writing. Emphasis is on identifying grammar problems and developing editing skills for academic writing. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 082 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 072.

ESL 083: Academic Reading, Advanced, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to develop an effective reading approach to university-level texts as well as the critical reading skills necessary to comprehend, analyze, conduct research, summarize, synthesize and respond thoughtfully in both writing and speaking to authentic texts. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 083 placement on the English Language Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 073.

ESL 084: Academic Writing, Advanced, 3 credits

Designed for non-native English speakers to practice writing expository essays, with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills, organization and support in argumentation. Attention is given to various stages of the writing process and on identifying and editing grammatical errors. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. Entry requirement: ESL 084 placement on the Writing Placement Assessment or successful completion of ESL 074.

Elective Courses, Multi-level

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. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. No Prerequisites. Repeatable one time for credit.

ESL 086: American Culture & Community, 2 Credits

This multi-level course for non-native English speakers explores American culture through hands-on learning about topics such as treatment of the elderly, the environment, people with disabilities, addiction, homelessness, education, immigration and the treatment of animals. Topics will change each semester and a culminating project designed by students completes the course. Transportation to each on- site activity will be provided. This course does not count towards graduation from UHH. No prerequisites. Repeatable one time for credit.