Honolulu CC English Language Learner Options (HELLO)

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Students sitting at a table in a classroom.
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Virtual Classroom and Student Requirements

To benefit from this course, you should be able to read and write a minimum of one paragraph (5 sentences) in English. If you are unsure of your English language proficiency level, or would like to discuss whether or not this class would be suitable for you, please contact our Registration Office at 808-845-9296.

You must have a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone and access to the Internet. Accessing the virtual classroom through a smart phone will not work.

When on campus, you are required to wear a mask at all times, keep your distance from other students, and complete a check-in online which we will review with you on the first day of class.

Program Information

Honolulu CC English Language Learner Options (HELLO), formerly known as Introduction to College English, is a non-credit ESL program with several levels/options for improving English language proficiency. Each level is designed to help those who use English as their second language to improve their language skills for college and/or work. All language skills are taught including listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, writing, and grammar.

HELLO helps you:

  • Increase reading skills and proficiency
  • Practice writing skills in both sentences and paragraphs
  • Learn to follow and understand language found in short academic mini-lectures

At the end of this program you will be able to:

  • Use context clues to get the meaning of unknown words in reading selections
  • Understand a variety of listening types such as conversations, interviews, and television talk shows
  • Speak confidently in pairs and groups
  • Identify main ideas and important information in reading selections
  • Write grammatically-correct sentences and short paragraphs

*Note: The Program consists of multiple levels of HELLO courses. It is not one course.

Note: This program is for people for whom English is not their native language. Credit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are also available.

Late Summer 2021 Session - Hybrid
July 12 - August 2, 2021
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
No class meetings on July 23 and 26
Class meeting on July 16 will be virtual so you can practice this method of learning which is how some of the credit courses are taught.
9:00 am - 11:00 am
8 class meetings
Total class hours = 16 hours
Program cost is $295 **Special Rate**

For those who qualify, full financial assistance will be available through outside community agencies (AJCH, HCAP or another workforce development agency). Please inquire with our staff so we can connect you.

You may register online with a credit or debit card.

Registration Deadline

Please register 2 business days before the class starts.

Transfer and Refund Policy

To transfer to another course or to completely withdraw from a course, call the Continuing Education Office (808) 845-9296 prior to the first day of instruction. Thereafter, REFUNDS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
Refunds for checks and cash require 4 - 6 weeks processing time. Charge card refunds will be credited to your account.

Note: Students registering by purchase order will be billed regardless of non-attendance unless notification of withdrawal is made by the specified refund deadline.


The College reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will receive a full refund or may transfer to another section.

For more information, please contact our Registration Office at 808-845-9296.

Continuing Education Office
Honolulu Community College
874 Dillingham Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96817
Building 2, Room 507