Categorized as: ESL Irvine News

More Biking, Safer Biking

Each day, biking is being more and more encouraged in cities across the country and measures are being taken to ensure increased cycling safety. In the last 10 years and more so the past 5 years, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has made inroads into making streets safer for cyclists. With 1,000 miles of bikeways, a four-year study by…

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Happy birthday Wayne Gretzky!

Happy birthday to Wayne Gretzky! For Hancock International College students unfamiliar with who the man is, he is a former professional ice hockey player and former head coach and played from 1979 to 1999. His nickname is “The Great One” and many sportswriters, players, and the NHL have called him the greatest hockey player ever. He holds the record for…

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Girl Scout Cookies

It’s that time of year again – when the Girl Scouts of Orange County sell their delicious cookies to fundraise for trips and charitable donations. Like every year, you can purchase Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Do-si-dos, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Rah-Rah Raisins, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot, Toffee-tastic, Trios from any troop selling. You will likely be able…

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Rest in peace David Bowie

Earlier this month (January 10), internationally-recognized musical artist David Bowie died from liver cancer at his New York apartment. If you are unfamiliar with his work just know that his record company conveyed his status with the slogan, “There is old wave, there is new wave, and there is Bowie.” The singer originally from south London received his first contract…

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Professor Snape, now gone but never to be forgotten

The actor perhaps most known for his performance in the Harry Potter film series as Professor Severus Snape, Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, died of pancreatic cancer this past Thursday, January 14. Fans around the world are raising their wands in tribute of the beloved actor. The character he played taught audience members that things may not always be as they…

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Golden Globe Awards

This past weekend was the Golden Globes, where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizes great success in film and television. And speaking of films, just a short 3 minute walk away from Hancock International College is an Edwards Cinema. And for any ESL students that haven’t been able to see any of these award-winning films, 5 are currently playing. Check…

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Earthquake! Stop. Drop. And roll.

On the first day of class (Wednesday, January 6) for Hancock International College students, a magnitude-4.4 earthquake struck Southern California early morning at 6:42 a.m. The tremor occurred about 2 miles north of Banning, a city in Riverside County 55 miles east of Irvine. No damages or injuries were reported to the City of Riverside Fire Department. And no Hancock…

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Is it Doughnut or Donut?

At Hancock International College, every Friday our ESL students help themselves to doughnuts in the break provided by the loving staff. And in this joyous, weekly celebration we have realized one of the greatest conundrums of life – is it spelled doughnut or donut? The delicious breakfast treat was originally spelled doughnut in 1809, and about a century later “donut”…

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What Drought?

If 2015 was the year that cried “drought”, then 2016 is saying “what drought?” For Hancock students new to the area, the state of California faced a drought for the past year. This past week’s weather brought much-needed rain to alleviate the lack of water in the state. People throughout Southern California were happy to see rain earlier this month….

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