Archive for September, 2019

Day of the Dead

Hancock International College is located in Southern California where our international students get exposed to a variety of cultures within and outside of school. Our ESL students may be familiar with Halloween but maybe not with Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  Logan Ward with National Geographic gives a nice summary. Ward says, “HERE’S ONE THING we…

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Comma Splice or Run-On Sentence

Commas can be tricky. There are many our ESL students need to keep in mind here at Hancock International College when writing. A common phrase that international students might here is a “comma splice” often shortened to “CS” when a teacher is editing a paper. So what is a comma splice? Writingexplained.org explains it well saying: “Comma splice definition: A…

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Road Trip!

Many ESL students at Hancock International College may not be as used to spending so many hours in a car, but for Americans—especially Californians—road trips with family or friends are common . Need some ideas about where to go, international students? Check out this article by Grant Marek and Lizbeth Scordo called “The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You…

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Interesting Bioreactor

This is an interesting read for our ESL students here at Hancock International College. The Goodnewsnetwork.org explains in their article titled “This New Bioreactor Uses Algae to Capture as Much Carbon Dioxide as an Acre of Trees”. Check it out, international students! Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “A team of innovators has come up with an ingenious new bioreactor that uses algae to…

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Effect or Affect?

Little tricks and tips help all of us remember pesky grammar rules, and this is one that our ESL students may really appreciate at Hancock International College. Alec Zaffiro in his article titled “One Word to Solve the ‘Affect’ vs. ‘Effect’ Dilemma” has a helpful tip that can help our international students. Zaffiro says, “To settle the ‘affect’ vs. ‘effect’…

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Nine-Eleven: National Day of Service & Remembrance

If any of our international students at Hancock International College ask a staff member or instructor where they were on 9/11 everyone will remember distinctly where they were and what they were doing. Every generation has a tragedy that sticks with them, like the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President JFK, and the Challenger explosion.  I just started…

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Chuseok, a Korean Holiday

Many of our international students at Hancock International College are from South Korea and so we would love to share some information about this holiday to all of our ESL students. I personally think fondly on the holiday as when I taught in Korea I had just arrived in the country. I did not know anyone yet, so my boss…

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Wild Fires

Our international students have certainly heard of the wild fires have been in the news all over the world. Fortunately, American lawmakers are doing their part to help fund firefighting budgets in America. Firefighters who often help out across national borders as well even some of the counties where Hancock International College ESL students come from. Check out the following…

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Peanut Allergy Treatment

Hancock International College would like to share a beautiful story with our ESL students of a father helping his own son and potentially countless others with his research on a peanut allergy treatment. It’s a nice read for our ESL students. Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “People who are allergic to peanuts may have a new way to protect themselves from severe allergic…

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The Morning of an Exam

ESL students at Hancock International College are having final exams this week. Here is some sound advice for our international students for the morning of the exam from Kelly Roell’s article titled “5 Things to Do the Day of the Test” at ThoughCo.com. Roell says, “01 Prepare Physically – On the day of the test, head to the restroom before…

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