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Ilokano Language Courses

lokano 101: Beginning Ilokano

This is an introductory course in Ilokano focusing on the integrated development of students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Structural points are introduced inductively. Language lab is required. 4 credits.

Ilokano 102: Beginning Ilokano

Continuation of Ilokano 101. Language lab is required. 4 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 101 or consent.

Ilokano 107: Ilokano for Health Sciences

Development of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and other communication skills designed specifically for Nursing, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Public Health, and Social Work students. Culture integrated with language study.

Ilokano 201: Intermediate Ilokano

Continuation of Ilokano 102. Integrated reading, writing, speaking, listening, and culture. Language Lab is required. 4 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 102 or consent.

Ilokano 202: Intermediate Ilokano

Continuation of Ilokano 201. Language lab is required. 4 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 201 or consent.

Ilokano 301: Third-Level Ilokano

Third year study of Ilokano. The course provides students the means to integrate previous language skills in developing their literacy and metalinguistic awareness. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 202 or consent.

Ilokano 302: Third-Level Ilokano

Continuation of Ilokano 301. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 301 or consent.

Ilokano 315: Ilokano Aural Comprehension

This course aims to develop the listening comprehension skill of students. Students will be exposed to real and simulated spoken language in Different authentic and made-up situations dealing with everyday life and other cultural events, Informational and journalistic materials, literary Materials, and documentaries. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Ilokano 202 or consent.

Ilokano 331: Contemporary Ilokano Literature

This course, conducted in Ilokano, explores the literary landscape from the perspectives offered by writers based in the Philippines as well as those of the Ilokano diaspora. This advanced reading course includes essays, short stories, drama and poetry based on the lived experiences of Ilokanos in various regions of the Philippines as well as in Hawaii, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Critical classroom analysis of selected literary forms is combined with exercises that promote competing and alternative textual interpretations. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 301 or consent.

Ilokano 401: Fourth Level – Ilokano

Continuation of Ilokano 302. Conducted in Ilokano. Advanced reading, writing, and conversation. Contemporary Ilokano literature, cultural, and historical topics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 302 or consent.

Ilokano 402: Fourth Level – Ilokano

Continuation of Ilokano 401. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 401 or consent.

Ilokano 424: Introduction to Ilokano for Interpreters

This course provides techniques for interpreting Ilokano into English and vice versa. Prerequisite: Ilokano 301 or consent.

Ilokano 425: Ilokano Interpretation Field and Practicum

This course provides extensive practical training in consecutive, simultaneous, and sight interpreting. It requires observation and study of oral interpretation strategies and techniques that include administrative hearings, legal depositions, and business, healthcare, and social service situations. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 424 or consent.

Ilokano 451: Structure of Ilokano

Introductory course on the phonology, morphology, and syntax of Ilokano. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

Ilokano 486: Ilokano for the Mass Media

Ilokano as the medium for print journalism, for radio show programming, and for television production. 3 credits. Pre: 302 or consent.

Philippine Culture Courses

NOTE: The courses listed here are courses that are taught by members of the Ilokano Program faculty. There are other IP courses you may take to fulfil requirements that are taught my members of the Filipino Program faculty.

IP 299 (Var): Directed Studies on Ilokano Language and Society

IP 362: Philippine Drama, History, Art, Culture

A historical survey from pre-colonial to contemporary periods. Studies forms, conventions, and literature within the social, political, and cultural context of the times as reflected in the history of the country. Explores plays in the diasporas. 3 credits.

IP 364: Philippine Popular Culture

An appreciation, a re-examination, and an analysis of forms of Philippine popular cultures produced in the Philippines and diaspora; it is also an evaluation of such forms using critical hermeneutical frames.

IP 368B: Introduction to South/Southeast Asian Film (Philippines)

Study of Philippine cinema, its development and role in the country’s political, social, and cultural history. Examines its place in the world of filmmaking. Studies Philippine films in the diaspora. 3 credits.

IP 376 [Previously listed as IP398]: Filipino Diasporic Literature

Appreciation, reexamination, and analysis of Philippine literature of exile; a reevaluation of Philippine writing from the diaspora.

IP 377: Critical Discourses in IPLL Studies: Philippines

A revaluation and analysis of critical discourses pertaining to Philippines languages and cultures and an examination of alternative perspectives to the prevailin studies on Philippine culture; an appreciation of emerging knowledge on the Philippines.

IP 389: Theories in Ilokano Studies

Examines the various theories employed in the study of Ilokano society, language, and culture from a variety of historical periods. Junior standing or higher, or consent.

IP 391 Literary Cultural Relations (Philippines and Southeast Asia)

An appreciation, a re-examination, and an analysis of the literary and cultural relations among the various nation states of Southeast Asia. Various texts are examined to establish the connections of these nation states. Sophomore standing or higher, or consent. 3 credits.

IP 399 (Var): Directed Studies

IP 411: Ilokano Literature in Translation

Overview of Ilokano literature from the early writings to the major works of contemporary writers. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ilokano 101 or consent.

IP 499 (Var): Directed Studies

Study of Ilokano language through vernacular readings in various academic fields. Variable credit. Prerequisite: Ilokano 301 or consent.

IP 699 (Var): Directed Readings on Ilokano

Current Course Offerings for Spring 2022

Ilokano Language Courses

ILO 102 - Professor Agcaoili / Manong Ariel
Online - 9:30am to 11:20am (HST)
Mondays and Wednesdays

ILO 202 - Professor Ortega / Manang Nadine
Online - 11:30am to 1:20pm (HST)
Mondays and Wednesdays

ILO 402 - Professor Domingo / Manong Dean
Online - 1:30pm to 2:45pm (HST)
Mondays and Wednesdays

Philippine Culture Courses

IP 364 Section 2 - Professor Domingo / Manong Dean
Online - 3:00pm to 5:30pm (HST)

IP 364 Section 3 - Professor Agcaoili / Manong Ariel
Online - 3:00pm to 5:30pm (HST)

IP 364 Section 4 - Professor Ortega / Manang Nadine

IP 364 Section 5 - Professor Ortega / Manang Nadine

IP 364 Section 6 - Professor Domingo / Manong Dean
Online - 3:00pm to 5:30pm (HST)

IP 364 Section 7 - Professor Domingo / Manong Dean
Online - 3:00pm to 5:30pm (HST)

IP 368B - Professor Ortega / Manang Nadine 

IP 391 - Professor Agcaoili / Manong Ariel
Online - 3:00pm to 5:30pm (HST)

Bachelors Degree, Minor or Certificate

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philippine Language and Culture (Ilokano track/option)

In 2002, the Ilokano Language and Literature Program was granted the opportunity by the university to offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philippine Language and Literature with a concentration in Ilokano. Since then the program has graduated a total of 43 individuals with a degree in Ilokano. These indviduals went on to work in fields such as business, education, healthcare, media, politics, social services, etc. In 2021, the BA degree's name officially changed to Philippine Language and Culture.

Requirements to Major

Program Sheet: Download     |     Plan Template: Download     |     Declaring as a Major: Download     |     Declaring Multiple Majors: Download

Minor in Ilokano

To earn a minor in Ilokano, a student must take the Basic Ilokano Language Courses and at least 15 credits of 300+ level ILO / IP courses.

Requirements to Minor

Program Sheet: Download     |     Verification Form: Download

Language Certificate in Ilokano

Requirements for a Certificate

To earn a language certificate in Ilokano, a student must take 5 courses from ILO 201 and above.

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Domingo via email at deand@hawaii.edu or phone (808) 956-2226 for more information.

NOTE: Students who successfully complete the requirements to obtain a BA degree or minor in Ilokano will receive a stole (see photo on the right). Pictured on the left the minor stole and on the right the major stole.

List of BA in Ilokano Recipients:  Click Here

List of Ilokano Minor and Certificate Recipients:  Click Here

Placement Exam and Back Credits

Placement Exam

Placement examinations in the Ilokano language are given to students who have sufficient exposure to the language. The schedules for such examinations, usually given prior to each semester, are published at the Ilokano Program website and other appropriate website maintained by the University of Hawai’i.

The exam is free. Save time and money by earning back credits, and take a shorter path toward achieving your academic goals.

Students with no prior experience with the target langauge should enroll in 101 and may do so without consent.

Examination Dates for Spring 2022

November 2021 - December 2021

Early January 2022

If you would like to take the placement exam please make an appointment with Manong Dean at deand@hawaii.edu.

Back Credits

Students placed into 102 or higher, are eligible for back credits (up to 16 credits). 


If placed into...
ILO 301, 302, 401 or 402 --> up to 16 back credits can be awarded
ILO 202 --> up to 12 back credits can be awarded
ILO 201 --> up to 8 back credits can be awarded
ILO 102 --> up to 4 back credits can be awarded

Students must pass the course they are placed in with a grade of C or better to recieve the back credits. A form to recieve these back credits will be provided at the end of each semester.



The Ilokano Bachelors of Arts Scholarship Fund was established in Fall 2003 to help the brightest and most deserving students in their pursuit of higher education. The Ilokano Language and Literature and Philippine Drama and Film Program, with the support of the Ilokano student Organization, Timpuyog, and some Filipino community organizations hold annual events to raise the needed resources for this important project. An Ilokano Bachelors of Arts Scholarship Banquet is held regularly towards the end of the Spring semester. In 2017, students who are declared as a candidate for an Ilokano minor can also apply for the scholarship.

How to Apply: Click Here

For more information about these scholarships please contact Manong Dean at deand@hawaii.edu or Manang Nadine at nadezna@hawaii.edu. You may also call us at (808) 956-2226.

List of past scholarship recipients: Click Here

Extra Curricular Activities and Leadership Opportunities

1992 - Present
Continuing the legacy of: Friendship • Leadership • Scholarship

Proudly supported by the Ilokano Language Program is the student run organization, Timpuyog, which promotes its cultural and language activities, including the end-of-semester Ilokano drama, sarsuela, video production, and song and dance competition at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, that culminates in a feast of Filipino delicacies. The Timpuyog Organization also occasionally co-sponsors socials and sports events, participated by the students in other clubs, schools, and youth groups in the community.

Ilokano students under the auspices of Timpuyog actively contribute their services to different Filipino and other organizations through cultural presentations attended by hundreds of audiences from different ethnic backgrounds. The Timpuyog Organization also helps in many civic activities within the Hawai'i community.

A message from our current President, Krizhna Bayudan:

"When I first joined the Ilokano program, I was sincerely heartened to know I had a home away from home. The space created by my peers and instructors allowed me to celebrate and deepen my love for my culture. The most beautiful thing I've witnessed in this program is the opportunity to share our truths and experiences as Ilokanos living in Hawai'i and in this world. My only hope for this year is to help 'create' a home away from home where students can nurture their love for the Ilokano culture just as the program has provided for me. 

Itultuloytayo nga agadal ti Ilokano!"

For more information check out our website and follow us on social media:
Official Website     |     Facebook      |     Instagram      |     YouTube

Email Us: timpuyog@hawaii.edu

Spring Break Language and Culture Immersion Trip to the Ilocos

In 2018, five students under the Ilokano Language and Literature Program went on a language and culture immersion trip to the Ilocos during Spring Break. See what they did in this video recap: Click Here