Archive for December, 2016

Happy New Year!

2016 is finally coming to an end and with it a year full of memories that will last a life time. Our ESL Students are unforgettable and we’re excited to make more memories and impact more lives in 2017! For my final blog of the year I wanted to take a look at the history of New Year’s Day and…

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The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

Families the world over are full of joy after a weekend together celebrating Christmas. Hancock International College has been spreading cheer and sharing Christmas traditions with our ESL students all month long. Americans love the holidays and show their love in huge ways. So I wanted to highlight some extra special Christmas celebrations from all around America as inspiration to…

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

The California snow has been raining in, so here at Hancock International College we’re having more of a grey Christmas it would seem. Our ESL Students are all on break and our Faculty and Staff are excited to celebrate with Family this weekend then come back to prepare for our next Quarter. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I wanted to…

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Christmas Break

We truly miss our wonderful international students while on their break from classes. I’ve been covering a lot of Christmas traditions because of their immense impact on American culture, however, Hancock International College knows Christmas isn’t the only celebrated this time of year. So I’d like to take a little Christmas break and highlight how Hanukkah was accepted by American…

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Why Do Reindeer Reign?

Among our Christmas decorations this year none of the ESL students seemed to notice that we didn’t use many Reindeer at all. As I explore Christmas traditions this month I was very intrigued by the history of Reindeer as a part of Christmas. Maybe after learning about these fuzzy flying mythical sleigh slingers we’ll have more Reindeer show up next…

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Oh, Christmas Tree?

By now our ESL students have noticed a lot of December decorations for Christmas. They’ve also noticed certain street corners and parking lots with loads of Christmas trees for sale. We have our very own tree here at Hancock International College and many international students asked about why trees are a part of Christmas. Here’s what an amazing article on…

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Christmas Presents Past and Present

Tomorrow is our Christmas party and Secret Santa Gift Exchange at Hancock International College! Our ESL students are excited to have their exams done and to go on an awesome break until January. Since I’ve been learning about so many Christmas traditions I thought it best that I check out the one that’s the most fun of all to help…

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Snowboarding

It’s always humbling to realize how fortunate we are that Hancock International College is located in California. I mean, in one day you could enjoy the beach, drive to the forest and up to snowy mountains! Our International Students are about to take a break for winter and I wanted to highlight a fun American invention that’s sure to be…

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The Wreath

Our latest community conversation practice had our ESL students decorate their classroom doors at Hancock International College with Christmas cheer! Our international students really outdid themselves and so I started asking why some of them made the choices they did. One question I asked was why did you put a wreath up there? And I found not many of us…

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Christmas Lights

Around this time of year University Center starts to light up at night and Hancock International College becomes an even more magical place to learn for our ESL students. The reason is the holiday season and people all round the country, as well as businesses, are decorating for Christmas. Besides the traditional or iconic holiday symbols there’s one decoration that…

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