Archive for July, 2019

The Semicolon (;)

International students and native speakers of English often are not familiar with how to use a semicolon, which is this symbol “;”. Although you can get by writing without it, it can be very helpful. So ESL students should take advantage of learning and mastering its use. To do so, let’s take a look at an article by grammar-monster.com which…

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The Animal and the Meat: Why Are the Names Different?

A common mistake ESL students make when they first start at Hancock International College is mixing up the name of the animal for the name of the meat. This begs the question, why is there a difference? Are English speakers simply trying to make themselves feel better about eating an animal because they are not saying its name? To find…

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Expression of the Day

Expression of the Day Let’s call it a day Meaning: let’s stop for today and presumably continue tomorrow or another day. Example: Whew, I am exhausted. Let’s call it a day. Same time tomorrow?

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Beaches to Visit This Summer

Being an ESL student in sunny Southern California definitely has its perks. With Hancock International College being so close to so many world famous beaches our international students can take advantage this summer to check them out. Thecrazytourist.com put together a list of the “15 Best Beaches in Southern California”. Have you been to any of the ones listed below?…

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Khan Academy – A Great Online Resource for SAT and TOEFL Prep

At Hancock International College many of our international students are planning on going to go to university here in the United States or often have children going to grade school here as ESL students. Both of these demographics should really take advantage of using khanacademy.org. What is it? Khanacademy.org sums up what they do by saying, “A world class education…

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Earthquake Emergency Kit

With the recent earthquakes shaking things up there is once again a lot of talk of the “big one” happening in Southern California. Even if that does not happen anytime soon, it is always good to be prepared for an emergency. For our international students who may not be familiar with earthquake preparedness here at Hancock International College, below is…

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The United States and the Metric System

Many international students wonder why the United States still uses the British Imperial System of measurement when almost the rest of the world uses the Metric System. Our ESL students here at Hancock International College may find this article by William Harris titled “Why Isn’t the U.S. on the Metric System” very interesting as it explains just that. William Harris…

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Working Out Physically for to Bulk-Up that Gray Matter

Another good reason for our ESL students to take advantage of the basketball and volleyball courts here at Hancock International College. The following study discussed below explains how working out even in small increments can make you smarter. Something international students could definitely take advantage of while learning a second language! Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “Most people know that regular exercise is…

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TOEFL Changes Coming August 1st, 2019

Many of our international students here at Hancock International College are happy to hear about the new changes to the TOEFL exam. For our ESL students prepping for the TOEFL exam the changes are not earth shattering, but they benefit the student so it is good news. What are the specific changes? ETS, the producer of the TOEFL exam, has…

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Lifeguard Tower Flags

Hancock International College is conveniently located by Southern California’s beautiful beaches known for great surf which is perfect for our international students to be able to take advantage and enjoy. Of course we are having great beach weather now that it is July, so many of us including our ESL students may have noticed those lifeguard tower flags and wonder…

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