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Language, Arts & Humanities

We offer a variety of credit programs, courses and certificates in the area of Language, Arts & Humanities. Browse the list below to find the right match for you.

1.2024 APDF Full Workshop Non-credit

2024 APDF Legacy and Lineage and the Caretakers of Hula Full workshop - $175 Monday August 5 - Saturday August 10, 2024 Led by Kumu Hula Maelia Loebenstein Carter and Kumu Hula Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, APDF presents a four-day workshop with hula…

2.2024 APDF Monday ONLY workshop Non-credit

2024 APDF Legacy and Lineage and the Caretakers of Hula Monday ONLY - $60 Monday, August 5, 2024 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Hula Workshop Location: Hawai‘inuiakea at UH Manoa 6:00 PM Talk Story with kupuna The one-day pass will…

3.2024 APDF Tuesday ONLY workshop Non-credit

2024 APDF Legacy and Lineage and the Caretakers of Hula Tuesday ONLY - $60 Tuesday, August 6, 2024 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Workshop:  focused on cultural elements including field trip chronicling Kamehameha's journey from Honolulu harbor to the Pali…

4.2024 APDF Wednesday ONLY workshop Non-credit

2024 APDF Legacy and Lineage and the Caretakers of Hula Wednesday ONLY - $60 Wednesday, August 7, 2024 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Hula Workshop Location: Hawai‘inuiakea at UH Manoa 6:00 PM Talk story with kupuna The one-day pass will…

5. 2024 APDF Thursday ONLY workshop Non-credit

2024 APDF Legacy and Lineage and the Caretakers of Hula Thursday ONLY - $60 Thursday, August 8, 2024 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Workshop:  focused on cultural elements including field trip to Bishop Museum Location: Hawai‘inuiakea at UH Manoa 6:00…

Audiovisual Translation and Media Access for the Community Non-credit

Description: Media localization is a booming industry that has witnessed unprecedented expansion since the turn of the century as a result of digitization and globalization. This course will provide participants with the technical knowhow and the translation skills necessary to…

Conversational Japanese Advanced Non-credit

The focus of the course is on conversation. In this regard, students will study formal, casual, and respectful spoken Japanese language, and gain the oral ability to explain and describe topics related to general and interests as an advanced speaker.…

Conversational Japanese Elementary 1 Non-credit

An introduction to the basic structure of the Japanese language, including proper pronunciation, grammar, basic vocabulary, and simple everyday conversation. In addition to formal language instruction, classes include presentations of some of the cultural aspects of Japan and conversation practice…

Conversational Japanese Elementary 2 Non-credit

Course participants will study Japanese expressions and structures that are useful in everyday conversation. In addition to formal language instruction, classes include presentations of some of the cultural aspects of Japan and conversation practice with native Japanese speakers. Elementary 2…

Conversational Japanese Elementary 3 Non-credit

Course participants will study Japanese expressions and structures that are useful in everyday conversation. In addition to formal language instruction, classes include presentations of some of the cultural aspects of Japan and conversation practice with native Japanese speakers. Elementary 3…

Conversational Japanese Intermediate 1 Non-credit

Intermediate 1 will provide a smooth transition between the beginning to the intermediate Japanese language course levels. Intermediate 1 students will finish Japanese for Busy People, Romanized Version Volume I (3rd revised edition) and start with Japanese for Busy People,…

Conversational Japanese Intermediate 2 Non-credit

The Intermediate courses are for students who want to continue their study of the Japanese language, to expand their knowledge and skills with the focus on speaking skills. Students will learn more elaborate sentence structures and expressions and will be…

Conversational Japanese Intermediate 3 Non-credit

Intermediate 3 builds on what students learned in Intermediate 2 to expand their vocabulary and expressions so that they can form more complicated sentences. In addition to formal language instruction, classes include some Japanese culture study and conversation practice with…

Conversational Japanese: High Intermediate Non-credit

This class focuses on increasing students’ conversation skills.  Students will study major grammatical components not covered in the previous levels, conversational phrases, and onomatopoeias.  In addition, we will have listening practice, reading practice and some culture studies. It also includes…

Creative Writing: Writing Self, Land, and Memory Non-credit

“Memory begins to qualify the imagination, to give it another formation, one that is peculiar to the self …. If I were to remember other things, I should be someone else” – N. Scott Momaday. How do personal history and…

Introduction to Writing the Short Story: The Power of Words Non-credit

“The truth about stories is that that’s all we are." - Thomas King. This highly interactive course will consider the difference between short fiction (the short story) and short creative nonfiction, asking how culture, language, surroundings, and perceptions influence our…

Introduction: Language Endangerment, Globalization, and Indigenous Peoples Non-credit

This unit will introduce students to the concept of language endangerment: what is an endangered language, and how is endangerment measured? What causes languages to become endangered, or even to fall silent? What’s the definition of an “Indigenous language” or…

Kanji Made Fun & Easy: Introduction Non-credit

Welcome to the study of Japanese kanji! Although it’s true one cannot learn kanji overnight, you will discover in this course that the journey of learning them can be fun and meaningful. This course is suitable for learners who have…

Language Endangerment & Ecological Knowledge in Hawai?i and the Pacific Non-credit

This unit will highlight language diversity across the Pacific, and some of the issues affecting Indigenous languages across the region in the last three centuries. In this week, we will explore the close connections between language, knowledge of land and…

Language Endangerment & Identity in Africa Non-credit

This unit will explore the complex, playful, and fascinating ways that language shapes our identities, our social roles, and our ways of seeing the world - and how language endangerment in Africa has affected, or been affected by, these factors.…

Language Endangerment & Policy in Asia Non-credit

This unit will highlight the vast language diversity of Asia, and explore the many different pressures leading to language endangerment in Indigenous communities. We’ll learn about some of the policy issues affecting Indigenous language communities in Asia, including which languages…

Language Endangerment & Well-being in North America Non-credit

This unit will spotlight the languages of Turtle Island (North America), and how language is interwoven with physical and mental health, societal well-being, and Indigenous resurgence. We’ll learn about the many innovative ways Indigenous communities in North America are reclaiming…

Master Hiragana & Katakana Non-credit

For many students learning Japanese, learning Hiragana and Katakana on their own is the first major challenge. It is often overwhelming and sometimes discouraging. This course is dedicated to the learning of Hiragana and Katakana. Students can focus on the…

Okinawan Dance Non-credit

May 19 - June 23, 2024  (6 sessions) Sundays 2:00pm-3:30pm Cost = $66 Experience Okinawan culture through dance in this introductory class. Participants will learn selected dances from the Okinawan classical & folk traditions. No experience necessary & no performance…

Resisting Language Endangerment: Indigenous Language Reclamation Around the World Non-credit

In the final unit, we’ll take a tour of the many ways global Indigenous language communities are working to revitalize, reclaim, promote, and advocate for their languages - and the successes (and challenges) emerging from the global language revitalization movement.