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Horror Stories

With Halloween around the corner this is the time of year many of us at Hancock International College like to delve into spooky horror stories or get spooked at places like Knott’s Scary Farm or other haunted house attractions. Here is a list of some great short horror stories based on urban legends that are great for ESL students to…

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Spelling Mistakes

Many international students at Hancock International College wrote their first language in entirely different characters or alphabet. Writing itself can be a challenge let alone spelling, so it is always good for our ESL students to take another look at their spelling as it can really detract from the amazing content that our students write about especially since they are…

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Short Story Vending Machine

It would be great to be able to get one of these short story vending machines here at Hancock International College for our ESL students! Here is an interesting read for our international students about how “UK University Installs Free ‘Vending Machines’ to Dispense Tiny Short Stories Printed on Eco-Friendly Paper” from the Good News Network. Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “This university…

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Moral Businesses

“Cut throat” is a term often used in the business world, but it is good to know that some businesses really go out of the way to help the community. Here is a great article for our international students at Hancock International College to see how some American businesses still live by this concept. “Kroger Donates $500,000 Facility to Rival…

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Capitalizing Titles

At Hancock International College our ESL students can prepare for university in which case APA formatting is especially important for their essays and research papers. Capitalizing titles can be particularly difficult for international students many of whom do not have the concept of capitalizing at all. Jean Little breaks it down in an article titled “HOW TO CORRECTLY USE AP…

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Cleaning the Ocean

Many of our international students at Hancock International College have done their projects on how to clean up the environment—especially our oceans. Here is an interesting read for our ESL students from the Good News Network titled “Ocean Cleanup Makes History by Successfully Collecting First Plastic From Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “For the first time in history, conservationists…

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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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