Archive for August, 2019

Labor Day Holiday

At Hancock International College, our ESL students and staff alike will be off on Monday for observing the Labor Day holiday. But many of our international students may be wondering what this holiday is. History.com explains, “Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2nd. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed…

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National Bow Tie Day is Wednesday the 28th

Sport your favorite bow tie on Wednesday for National Bow Tie Day! Many international students (and Americans alike) may never have worn one, or learned how to properly tie one—clip on ties aren’t the real deal of course. There is a lot of great vocabulary to work with when following the instructions, so I encourage you to check out the…

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Root Beer Float: a Classic Dessert

If you are in the mood for a shake or ice cream, here is a simple treat you can try. Root beer floats are a classic American treat. And yes, “root beer” is distinctly North American; however, many ESL students here at Hancock International College are not familiar with the taste of root beer and do not have the taste…

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Culture Shock in California

California has its own unique culture that can take some time for international students to get used to at Hancock International College. Here is an article titled “7 Culture Shocks for International Students in California” by Student World Online for our ESL students to check out especially prior to coming. Student World Online says, “Los Angeles is famously known as…

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Disneyland VS. Disney World

Often Disneyland and Disney World are used interchangeably but they do refer to two distinctly different parks on opposite ends of the USA. Luckily, Hancock International ESL students get to experience the original and the better of the two (in my humble opinion) as Hancock is located just miles away from Disneyland. Although if you international students have time it…

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Healthy “Butter”

International students at Hancock International College who want to avoid some of the unhealthy habits of Americans covering bread with butter or mayonnaise will welcome this new product that the Goodnewsnetwork.org highlights in their article titled “You Butter Believe It: Cornell Researchers Make New, Healthy Spread Made Almost Entirely”. Happy reading ESL students! Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “Cornell University food scientists have…

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Phrasal Verbs for the Classroom

Phrasal verbs are commonly used in spoken English. They consist of a verb and a preposition to create another unique meaning. ESL students at Hancock International College can use them in and outside of the classroom. In fact, many international students struggle to understand Americans because they often use phrasal verbs. Lizzie Gregory wrote an article titled “Phrasal verbs about…

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American Universities

Many  ESL students at Hancock International College are studying English so they can transfer over to an American university. But what will happen as an international student when you are in class? Are you prepared for an American style classroom? Katy Hopkins, a staff writer with U.S. News, explains what many students have come to find out, “Classroom differences: A…

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National Hawaiian Shirt Day

The name “Aloha Friday” has changed but the concept is still very present. International students will notice how Hancock International College staff will wear Hancock shirts for “Spirit Friday” while many other institutions have similar practices. Was this always the case? No, not at all. Hawaiianshirtdude.com explains how it all began. If any of our ESL students are able to…

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The Colon

Many ESL students here at Hancock International College don’t make the full use of punctuation symbols like the colon, which is the two free standing dots that looks like this “:”. There are many uses for the colon that ESL students can take advantage of. Grammar-monster.com, a great website for grammar explanations, breaks down how to use the colon in…

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