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English Language Institute

English Language Institute

The Intensive English Program provides high quality English instruction to students wishing to improve their English for academic, professional, or personal purposes. Cultural excursions and activities complement the academic program. Students learn about American and Hawaiian culture while improving their oral and written English skills.
Program Features include:

  1. 18 hours of instruction per week
  2. 16 week sessions
  3. Beginning to Advanced Levels
  4. Small classes
  5. Tutoring Center
  6. Multi-media lab
  7. Small, friendly campus

ELI Curriculum

The English Language Institute offers four levels of English instruction:

  1. Level I: Beginning & Low Intermediate
  2. Level II: High Intermediate & Advanced

Students receive 18+ hours of instruction a week. Components of the program include:

  1. Listening and Speaking class (6 hrs./wk)
  2. Reading and Writing class (6 hrs./wk)
  3. Grammar class (3 hrs./wk)
  4. Introduction to College for Speakers of Other Languages (3 hrs./wk)
  5. Conversation Tutors/Review Session (1-2 hrs./wk)
  6. Cultural trips and Activities


No TOEFL or IELTS test score is required for admission to the English Language Institute. A TOEFL score is not required to enter the credit degree program if the student completes the advanced level of our Intensive English Program.
Applicants with a TOEFL paper-based score of 500 OR TOEFL internet-based score 61 OR IELTS score of 5.5, should apply directly to the credit program. Program placement will be determined by an English Placement Test and enrollment in the English Language Institute may be necessary prior to credit coursework.
For more information regarding this please contact International Programs at (808) 455-0570 or email at
ELI Mission Statement

updated: 10/22/2020