Categorized as: ESL Irvine News

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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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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