Archive for October, 2016

Frankenstein Friday

Last week our ESL students learned about the different classic Halloween costumes and where they come from. One of the characters was arguably the first zombie, before zombies were popular, and his name is Frankenstein. Since many international students come to Hancock International College with little to no knowledge of Halloween traditions I thought I’d share the story of yet…

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Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade

Since Halloween is fast approaching I thought it was a good time to take a look around the local area for upcoming Halloween events for our ESL students to experience and enjoy! Just a short distance from Hancock International College I came across the Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade! The event is free and it’s happening on Saturday October…

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Costumes

Although many of our International Students have not experienced anything like Halloween, the buzz has made its way around Hancock International College. We’re expecting a lot of ESL students to dress up in Halloween costumes for our Halloween party and so I wanted to briefly share what I’ve learned about the history and current state of costumes in American society….

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Multicultural Diversity Day

No one knows diversity like Orange County California! Everyone here at Hancock International College celebrates diversity of cultures as a part of their everyday life. I mean we work with ESL students, so how could we not celebrate our amazing differences? I was surprised and excited to find out that today, the third Monday in October, is considered to be…

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Origin of Oktoberfest

Hancock International College loves a good celebration! The holiday season has no shortage of fun things to do in America but one thing in particular catches my attention every year. From September to October there are various Oktoberfest celebrations all around Orange County. Our ESL Students have been enjoying themselves at so many local events that I thought I’d shed…

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Columbus Day

Every day is a day to celebrate here at Hancock International College, but our ESL students have begun to notice that America likes to have a national day or a holiday just about every day! The second Monday in October is another day to be remembered. It’s the celebration of the day Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas in 1492….

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Let’s Go To The Movies!

When I ask our international students why they want to learn English the answers are mostly different, but when I ask how our ESL students began to learn English for the first time the answer is almost always the same… they learned from watching movies! Since today is the 89th anniversary of the first movie, as we know them today,…

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Angels Game

Our ESL Students have been reporting back from their breaks and shared some amazing stories about their travels around town now that the new quarter has begun here at Hancock International College. One experience I believe to be truly American is to experience America’s favorite pastime, baseball! And when you’re in Orange County you don’t get much better than an…

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