Archive for June, 2019

Good Study Habits

With our Summer 2019 quarter starting this week at Hancock International College we would like to present some good habits for ESL students to excel in their studies. Many international students say they are not learning fast enough. Of course learning a new language takes time, but it can be expedited by using the language outside of the classroom and…

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Millennial Slang

English is always changing and with technology and social media new terms get pulled out of the Internet and used in the real world. At Hancock International College our international students and even our instructors will do well to check up on new slang for each year. Sonja from Language Learning has a nice article with 10 slang terms from…

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Surfer Slang & Terms Now Used by Many that Don’t Even Surf

Hancock International College resides in beautiful Southern California—one of the best surfing destinations in the world. In fact, a neighboring city, Huntington Beach, is called “Surf City USA”. Surfers are known for their slang. Many of these slang terms have come into mainstream English that everyday people say. Christina with Wave Tribe posted an article called “Glossary of Surfing Terms…

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Recommended Listening

At Hancock International College I often here our international students say that they do not understand what a singer is saying. Does this sound like you too? Don’t worry, it’s not because you are an ESL student. Many native English speakers don’t understand some singers’ lyrics because they do not clearly enunciate. Or they honestly believe the lyrics is something…

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Extra Study Time at Home for ESL Students

With all of the technology around us today there is no shortage of material for ESL students to learn from if you would like some extra study time outside of class. At Hancock International College we always encourage our international students to continue to learn outside of class. Of course the trick is to stay focused and resist opening that…

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Embracing a New Student

ESL students from all over the world come to Hancock International College, so naturally there are people from many different cultures in one classroom. The following article really emphasizes how touching it can be to embrace a new student and help make them feel comfortable. This is particularly apt for international students who are far from home and often in…

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Recommended Reading for ESL Adults

Many of our adult ESL students here at Hancock International College ask for book recommendations for the summer break or after school reading. Of course as with anyone especially international students’ preferences will vary a lot. Maybe you would be more interested in classic novels or stories that most Americans read in high school that will also teach you about…

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Running for Your Health

With summer approaching fast we can all use a little motivation to get out and exercise before hitting the beach. The weather is already beautiful here at Hancock International College, so here is a little extra motivation to get out and run. For our international students you’re in a new country maybe you need a new hobby if you are…

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American Food

There is always a point in class where our international students will ask, “What is American food?” Especially since Hancock International College is here the in the melting pot of Orange County where you can find almost any kind of food, our ESL students will wonder what food is actually American. To be honest, it is a difficult question even…

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