Hawaii English Language Program

From 2011 to 2014, I taught English for academic purposes at the Hawai’i English Language Program (HELP) of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. I taught 2 courses during each 8-week term, and I served as technology specialist for the program, helping to create a new website and other technological resources for the program. Most of my students were from East Asian countries, and the average class size was about 12 students. For more information about HELP, please visit the program’s website: Hawai’i English Language Program – About Us.

For most of my recent classes, I used a blended learning system and created a website for each class. Below, you will find a link to the class website for each of these courses. These websites give many details about the classes, including syllabi, schedules, resources and other content. However, some of the website content was transient and may no longer be visible on the websites, and some of the content is protected by password. If you would like the password for any of the websites, please contact me by email. Though much of the students’  work is carried out on the forums, pages, and other digital rooms of these websites, these resources are only half of the blended learning; the students carried out numerous activities during regular class time as well.


Please click on the website links to see more information about the classes.
All websites were designed and built by Richard Schoonmaker. 

——   Courses Taught   ——

Spring 2014:

Reading Foundations – HELP 132R — HELP 132R Website

Writing Expansion 2 – HELP 342W — HELP 342W Website

Reading Connections 1 – HELP 331R — HELP 331R Website

American Culture through Film – HELP 411LS — HELP 411LS Website


Fall 2013:

Reading Connections 2(A) – HELP 332R — HELP 332R Website

Reading Connections 2(B) – HELP 332R — HELP 332R Website

Reading Connections 1(A) – HELP 331R — HELP 331R Website

Reading Connections 1(B) – HELP 331R — HELP 331R Website

I taught two sections of the same course; both classes used one website.

Summer 2013:

Content Reading & Writing 2 – HELP 434RW — HELP 434RW Website

Communication Practice – HELP 364LS — HELP 364LS Website

Content Reading & Writing – HELP 433RW — HELP 433RW Website

Spring 2013:

Academic Writing 2 – HELP 442W — HELP 442W Website

Reading Connections 2 – HELP 332R — HELP 332R Website

Academic Writing 1 – HELP 441W — No Website

Writing Foundations 1 – HELP 141W — No Website


Fall 2012:

Special Instructor for the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences — Website

Introduction to Academic Writing – HELP 341W — No Website

Listening and Speaking – HELP 211LS — No Website

Summer 2012:

Intensive Academic English – 400 Level – HELP IAE-C — No Website

STEP EIKEN English Teachers Training Course – Working with ALTs – Workshop

Spring 2012:

Technology Work Only (No Classes)


Fall 2011:

Introduction to TOEIC – HELP 261T – TOEIC Preparation Class — No Website

Inside the News – HELP 261N – Reading Class — No Website

Introduction to Academic Writing (A) – HELP 341W — No Website

Introduction to Academic Writing (B) – HELP 341W — No Website

I taught two sections of the same course.