World-Class Language Programs at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Beginning in 2000, language instruction is available online.

Excellence in languages is one of the reasons that the University of Hawai'i was listed in America's 100 Best College Buys 1999 . An editorial in the October 29, 1999, Honolulu Star-Bulletin began by quoting the book: "The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is a public research university with an outstanding academic reputation. While many colleges and universities talk about returning to the basics, UH at Manoa never left them." It then singled out three particular strengths of the curriculum at UHM, mentioning that undergraduates are required to study world civilizations, Hawaiian or a foreign language, and master a number of writing-intensive courses.

Foreign languages are taught in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, that houses the largest Japanese program in the US, the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, and the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. The College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature (LLL) also houses the Departments of English, Linguistics, and Second Language Studies (formerly English as a Second Language). The latter is widely regarded as the premier second language acquisition research program in the world. Besides supplying multilingual Hawai'i with most of its teachers of English as a Second Language, its large (100+) MA program attracts second language teachers from around the world to develop their skills with researchers and second language teacher educators who are internationally famous. In addition, the doctoral program in second language acquisition prepares junior scholars to be the researchers and academics of the future.

The University of Hawai'i, more than any other institution in the US, places extraordinary emphasis on Asia and the Pacific. There are only five goals articulated in the University's current ten-year Strategic Plan. They focus on 1) quality, 2) access, 3) diversity, 4) responsible management, and 5) "Strengthening the University as the premier resource in Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific affairs and advancing its international leadership role." The strength of UH language programs is evidenced by the fact that UH houses one of the three original National Foreign Language Resource Centers (NFLRCs) funded by the US Department of Education in a nationwide competition. The UH NFLRC has continued to be among the most highly ranked centers in successive competitions. The excellence of Hawai'i's NFLRC is built upon innovative research, teacher training, and materials development, particularly as it relates to languages of Asia and the Pacific.

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Languages have been offered at UH since 1907.
Moore Hall at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Moore Hall houses many of the University's language programs and also two well-equipped computer labs for language students and faculty.

Japanese tea ceremony.

Learning a language can mean rediscovering your roots - or opening your eyes to a new culture, a new way to view the world.

Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai`i

The Korean language BA program at UH is only one of two such programs in the country.

The Hawaiian language program at UH attracts larger enrollments than any other indigenous language program in the US.

"In language is contained the power of life and death."