ESL Pathway Program

ESL Pathway Program

Leeward Community College’s ESL Pathway Program provides high quality English instruction to students wishing to improve their English for academic, professional, or personal purposes. Island excursions and activities complement the academic program.
Program Features include:

  1. Credit English as a Second Language courses
  2. 16 week sessions
  3. Intermediate to Advanced Levels
  4. Small classes
  5. Culturally diverse student population
  6. 24/7 Tutoring Service
  7. One-on-one support from instructors and advisors
  8. Small, friendly campus

ESL Pathway Program Curriculum

The ESL Pathway Program offers two levels of English instruction:

  1. Level I: Intermediate
  2. Level II: Advanced

Unfortunately, Leeward Community College does not offer courses for true beginners of English language learning. Prospective students should have basic spelling skills, be able to write sentences, and be able to read and understand simple paragraphs. While students without these skills can still attend the ESL Pathway Program, they should be prepared to hire a personal tutor and repeat the foundation level classes until these skills are mastered.

Students take 3 or 4 courses totalling 12 credits in a semester. Components of the program include:

  1. Listening and Speaking
  2. Reading and Writing
  3. Grammar
  4. College Success Strategies


No TOEFL or IELTS test score is required for admission to the ESL Pathway Program. A TOEFL score is not required to enter the degree program if the student completes the advanced level of our ESL Pathway Program.

All new students will take a placement test to determine their English language level.

For more information regarding this please contact International Programs at (808) 455-0570 or email at

ELI Mission Statement

updated: 1/18/2022