Learn English in Hawaii!  Enroll in our Mini Group Course!

Why our English Program is different...

More Individual Attention

In a class of just 4 students, you will benefit from more individual contact with your teacher.  Bright Beginnings offers the smallest (4:1) & most intimate group settings in Hawaii.  Getting even more guidance, attention and feedback are all advantages of a Mini Group course.

Gain Fluency Quickly!

The flexibility of our teachers plus a small size group setting means that you will learn English and progress faster.  Lots of engagement means you will improve your English response time. In a smaller group of 4:1, you will enjoy stronger relationships with your class.  Your confidence will grow as you have more opportunities to interact with your teacher .

Excursions with Teachers

Explore the Magic of Hawaii with your teacher and classmates.  Break the routine of class work and apply your English skills in and around Honolulu.  Excursions offer English practice opportunities and is an effective method for using recently acquired skills.

Best Location - Kahala!

Just minutes away from the bustle of Waikiki is the upscale neighborhood of Kahala, considered the "Beverly Hills" of Hawaii.   Kahala is home to Kahala Mall, where we are located, Diamond Head crater and secluded sandy beaches.  Come join us at Bright Beginnings and enjoy the beautiful, secluded neighborhood of Kahala!

Course Description

Achieve English fluency quickly and effectively by following our English Program structure.  Our system called 'English for a Brighter Future', is composed of four parts:  assessment, integration, expansion and reinforcement.  The weekly program, Monday-Friday, starts at 9am till 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Part 1:  Assessment

Our English assessment test measures English proficiency in broad bands and identifies what a learner can do across four skills:  listening, reading, speaking and writing. Based on the results of our assessment tests, adults will be slotted in one of our four level courses where the learning and teacher materials are aligned.

  • Mini Group Course:  Beginners Classes
  • Mini Group Course:  Beginner-Intermediate Class
  • Mini Group Course:  Intermediate Classes
  • Mini Group Course:  Advanced Classes

Part 2:  Integration

Our Mini Group Course is a 15 lesson (55 minutes per lesson) structured program for adult learners who wish to make true progress in their English skills.  The integrated English classes are offered Mon-Friday, 9 am - 12 pm.  We provide integrated and balanced instructions in speaking, listening, reading, writing and pronunciation.

  • Conversation activation lessons to help build conversational competence
  • Extensive listening comprehension practice
  • Tons of video programs to build confidence in understanding natural spoken English
  • Vocabulary flashcards for more practice
  • Interactive grammar lessons
  • Continuous assessment tests for speaking and writing to measure progress

At Bright Beginnings, our curriculum uses the National Geographic ESL program as a baseline structure for our classes for students.  The curriculum encourages self-expression, global citizenship, and active participation in the classroom through cross-curricular topics and stories from National Geographic Explorers.  Lessons are designed to inspire global citizens and promote 21st century skills through readings, videos, audio recordings and activities.  Through authentic, real-world content, big ideas and inspiring stories from National Geographic, the curriculum challenges students to not only understand their world but also to engage with it – all while learning English.  Students will be exposed to different cultures, places, global customs and traditions.

Part 3:  Expansion

In the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 - 3 pm, expand your English skills in specific functional areas such as grammar, reading/writing and vocabulary/pronunciation and speaking.  To learn more about this course and classes, click here.  The afternoon classes are structured as shown in the diagram.

Part 4:  Reinforcement

Beyond the classroom, students can learn English by participating in our afternoon excursions around Hawaii and by engaging in additional English practice on our online system.  

In the afternoons, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1-4 pm, teachers and students will go out on customized excursions exploring the Magic of Hawaii.  As a group, the students can decide to follow the suggested excursion plan or they can make adjustments to the excursions based on their group's interest and preferences.  From casual 'get to know your teacher' events, to taking hikes on beautiful hiking paths, we offer an extensive list of fun activities to participate in.  

At home or at the center, reinforce skills through our structured online English learning system for adults which is proven to improve results.  The online learning offers additional individualized instruction and is an excellent tool for blended learning.

Course Weekly Schedule

Course Details


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All year

Mornings 55 min, afternoons 45 min (total 16.75 hours)

20 lessons, Monday - Friday

3 afternoons, Monday / Wednesday / Friday

1 week minimum

Beginner to Advanced

Every Monday

4 students maximum

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