Archive for May, 2018

Digital Cameras Part 2

The next step that brought digital photos and video to our ESL students was the Camcorder going digital. Hancock International College loves to utilize today’s video technology to better help our ESL students learn and it has truly changed many aspects of life as movie making has become commonplace. Pddnet.com says, “Prior to the introduction of the Portapak, there was…

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Digital Cameras Part 1

Smart phones have become more than just a way to talk they’ve become a way for everyone at Hancock International College to have a camera on them at all times. Not only do our ESL students have a way to communicate with their home country, but in the same device they can document their journey to America through picture and…

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Heatwave

Hancock International College recently heard reports that in April the world experienced more than 400 consecutive hotter-than-average months than any months before in Earth’s History. Our ESL students came to California for the great weather but the summer might be hotter…again…than expected. Here’s some important information in honor of National Heat Awareness Day to make sure your summer is safe…

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Lucky Penny Day

Speaking of US Dollars. These days everyone at Hancock International College agrees that the Penny has really lost its value. Our ESL students don’t deal in cash as much as they used to but still Pennies, although still worth one cent, don’t make as much sense anymore. Why are they lucky? Checkiday.com says, “A saying goes, ‘Find a penny, pick…

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Bitcoin History

Americans are used to having the US Dollar stand as the top currency in the world. Hancock International College of course has to deal with exchange rates with our ESL students quite a bit. One currency has made a name for itself and seems to be changing how people think about the future of money all around the world. It’s…

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Red Cross Founder’s Day

Red Cross Founder’s Day There are so many American nonprofit organizations that give so much to Americans and world citizens in need. Hancock International College is recognizing one organization that exemplifies service and has helped so many people around the world. Many of our ESL students are even familiar with this organization and since today is their founder’s day here’s…

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Memorial Day Origins – Part 3

The different origin stories continue to astonish both Hancock International College employees as well as our ESL students. Even so there are more stories to come. Snopes.com says, “Nonetheless, dozens of other places still lay claim, based on a variety of criteria, to being the true birthplace of the modern Memorial Day, and more recent historical studies have concluded that…

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Memorial Day Origins – Part 2

  Americans understand the magnitude of these legendary names in our culture. Some of our ESL students knew them too. Lots of us at Hancock International College didn’t know Memorial Day began as a day to decorate war graves known as Decoration Day.   Snopes.com says, “In a literal sense, it was not until 1971 that Memorial Day was established…

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Memorial Day Origins – Part 1

Our ESL students have been asking about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and what it’s all about. Although its two weeks away they are all planning ahead and looking around Hancock International College for what to do around Orange County on their extra day. Well, all work and no play as they say. So today I want to make sure…

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Welcome to the USA – Part 11

A survey of the Hancock International College staff and faculty returned some interesting results that might surprise our ESL students. It seemed everyone’s American parents or grandparents had words of wisdom that revolved around three major subjects: Safety, Time and Cleanliness. Americans are in some ways different than other countries because of their values in this regard. Let’s look at…

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