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Who should take ESL classes?

You should take our ESL classes if:

  • you learned another language before English, and
  • you have trouble reading and writing in English, and/or
  • you have trouble understanding written or spoken English

We recommend taking ESL reading, writing, and grammar classes at the same time.  The reason for this recommendation is because many of the skills that you learn in reading and grammar are needed in writing.  However, taking all three classes during the same semester is not required.

What are the differences between ESL classes and other English classes?

HawCC’s ESL classes have many benefits for speakers of other languages:

  • smaller class sizes
  • a comfortable learning environment
  • reading and writing instruction specifically for speakers of other languages
  • assistance with pronunciation
  • assistance with computers
  • lots of individual support for every student
  • lots of new and useful vocabulary
  • access to our ESL lab (
  • counseling services with counselors that understand exactly what you need

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