“The Aloha Spirit is something that’s real,” explained Mr. Joel Weaver, Director, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa (HELP). “It’s not just something that the tourist bureau dreamed up. It’s the attitude of welcome—the sense of warm affection and mutual respect to all visitors.
In this spirit, the Hawaiʻi English Language Program (HELP) opened its doors in 1971. As part of the world-renowned Department of Second Language Studies (SLS), HELP empowers students to thrive at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa (HELP) and other higher educational institutions, as well as in their personal and professional lives by providing exceptional ESL instruction.
Joel Weaver, Director
University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa (HELP)
HELP’s Academic English Program offers conditional admission to UHM upon completion, opening the door to 107 bachelor’s programs, 80 master’s programs, and 55 PhD programs. For students interested in attending another school in Hawai‘i or a US school on the mainland, program staff will gladly assist in the process.
HELP also promotes second-language research and professional development for members of the SLS department and other researchers.
“We’re an educational lab for the most innovative approaches and techniques in language teaching,” said Director Weaver. “So the professors and researchers in our department are often doing different projects that make it a very exciting, innovative place for students to study and achieve their dreams.”
HELP also offers customized short-term programs for students looking to improve their academic English as well as medical and business professionals seeking to advance in their field. Furthermore, HELP offers tailored teacher training seminars for in-service teachers from non-English speaking countries, as well as the globally respected University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course. Learn more.
Outside the classroom, students continue to learn and have fun. All students participate in Service Learning projects in the local community. In addition to making connections with local people, this is an opportunity to “give back” and practice the Aloha Spirit through volunteer projects that are connected to class activities. For free time pursuits, HELP instructors lead weekly activities such as hula, hiking, bodyboarding, and visiting cultural sites around the island.
Concluded Director Weaver, “Our program is for anybody who wants to experience a multicultural tropical paradise while pursuing a degree or improving their language skills at a world-renowned ESL program.”