Archive for November, 2016

Black Friday

Our ESL students are back to school and stuffed from a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Over our Thanksgiving break there was another infamous day that passed called Black Friday. We love a good deal at Hancock International College and Black Friday is a day where stores have extra deals and sales to promote more shopping for Christmas presents. Alternately today…

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Thanksgiving

Continuing with my exploration of the Thanksgiving holiday I thought I’d share more of the history of this national American holiday with our ESL students. Hancock International College will of course be holding our annual Traditional Thanksgiving party before the holiday break so I would like to share some of the details behind how this feast came to be and…

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Why Pilgrims?

As Thanksgiving gets closer I feel like I can smell the turkey already! I know our ESL Students are excited for the annual Hancock International College Thanksgiving Party and so I wanted to share information about a question I thought of. Why were the settlers who created the Thanksgiving holiday referred to as “Pilgrims”? I found a very informative story…

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Gettysburg Address

Tomorrow marks the 153rd anniversary of the day former president Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. No, not address as in a residence, but an address as in someone addressing a situation or addressing a certain person. This short speech by one of America’s greatest presidents is yet another turning point in American history and culture that Hancock International College…

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Surfing Santa

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and already California is kicking off the Christmas spirit with a fun event for all ages. It’s my mission to help our ESL students get the most out of this amazing time of year while they study with us at Hancock International College and there’s no better way to experience Christmas in California than with…

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Veterans Day

Tomorrow our ESL students have a day off to experience more American culture. The reason Hancock International College will be closed is to honor the national holiday known as Veterans Day. Our country would not be the land of the free without the brave men and women that served in the armed forces. Tomorrow I believe we should all take…

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To The Republic

Hancock International College is excited for another election year, and since tomorrow will be the big day I wanted to shed some light on a common misconception our ESL students and US residents alike often have about the United States of America. Just like which witch is which, or there their and they’re… the American people understand there is a…

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Man’s Best Friend

There’s no shortage of animal lovers here at Hancock International College, and our ESL students are no exception. Many of our students, faculty and staff have dogs, cats, fish and other pets. I became curious about how dogs became referred to as, “man’s best friend” in America and I was flabbergasted at the incredible amount of research online. The scientific…

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Day of the Dead

Hancock International College knows that Halloween isn’t the only spooky holiday celebrated by Americans this time of year. Although our ESL students were blown away by our spooky celebration there’s still more to tell! Another amazing cultural event that happens each year comes from Mexico and is called, “Día de los Muertos”, or Day of the Dead. Similarly to All…

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Halloween

Yesterday was our amazing Halloween Party and so many of our ESL students came dressed up in costume it was wonderful! Hancock International College was full of laughter, pumpkins and strange monsters and everyone had a great time. I wanted to share on this All Saints Day a little history about Halloween, where it started and what it’s like now….

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