Languages

Department Chair: Seri Luangphinith, Ph.D.
Email: seri@hawaii.edu

Humanities Division Office:
Office: Kanakaʻole Hall, Room 214
Tel: (808) 932–7216

Website: hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/languages/

Professor Emeritus:

  • Lawrence Rogers, Ph.D.

Associate Professors:

Assistant Professors:

The Department of Languages offers instruction in Chinese, Filipino (Tagalog), Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, as well as related courses in literature, culture, and language studies. Each program is comprehensive in approach, developing the functions of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing and enhancing knowledge of the target area’s culture, history, society and the people.

The Department’s course offerings in languages can be found under the following course prefixes:

Hawaiian Language courses offered by Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language are listed under HAW and KHAW in this Catalog.

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes

  • Understanding the general nature of human language, first language and second language and verbal and nonverbal -- it's structure and use
  • Manifest the skills, understandings, and dispositions necessary to be a language specialist within the context of their professional work and social practice
  • Deepen their knowledge of the language and the culture through study of language, language pedagogy, literature and culture
  • Demonstrate an understanding of local language and language arts education issues of Hawaii and the Pacific in their professional work
  • Improve the quality of learning and teaching of second, foreign, and heritage languages and area studies, in the state of Hawaii, domestically, and abroad
  • Interpret the history of teaching foreign language and culture and its contemporary issues and critically evaluate and make use of research into the learning, use, structure, and its pedagogy

The Department of Languages does not offer a Language major. It does, however, house the following free-standing interdisciplinary programs:

Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language offers a Master of Arts degree in Hawaiian Language and Literature.

Curricula