Language Arts

The Language Arts Department offers non-credit and credit courses in Composition, Literature, Business Writing, Journalism, Linguistics, Languages, East Asian Languages, and Literature (EALL), and English as a Second Language (ESL). Languages offered include Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Division Chair: Shioko Yonezawa (845-9159,

Faculty: April Ching, Brenda Coston, Charlene Gima, Kym Hogan, Kalehua Kamakawiwoole, Brenda Kwon, Chris McKinney, Conred Maddox, Derek Otsuji, Bed Paudyal, Kenneth Quilantang Jr., Jerry Saviano, Eric Shaffer, Jeff Stearns, Shioko Yonezawa

Emeritus Faculty: Gloria Hooper

Subjects & Services

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English as a Second Language

The ESL program at Honolulu Community College is designed to meet the needs of non-native speakers who want to improve their English skills to be successful in college and as members of the community. Although courses are focused on specific skills, are skills are addressed.

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Writing Center

The Writing Center helps students become better writers and succeed in college. Writing Center coaches are trained to help improve any writing assignment and assist with all aspects of the writing process – brainstorming, outlining, thesis development, revision strategies, citations, and essay structure.