Newsletter June 2015

The Conlan School Course Guide

The Conlan School Course Guide demonstrates the broad range of study programmes we can offer you and your students. Through our ever growing network of contacts in the business and educational community, our aim is to provide experiences that will expand knowledge and increase confidence within the culture of Wales and the UK. We hope that during your time with us you and your students can progress personally and positively in every aspect of life!

Please, click here to download "The Conlan School Course Guide"!

June in North Wales
Summer is here and there are plenty of days out to be had in North Wales. The focus is on the family as students reach the end of their examinations and many parents take time off work to spend quality time together. Here are a few examples:
Conwy Pirate Festival. 20th to 21st June 2015
Grab your shipmates and join the fun and games. Roll a barrel, have a go at tug of war, sing a sea shanty or pretend to be Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean for the day. Port Sunlight Sea Dogs are performers of traditional rants and roars about the seafaring life. When not smuggling and pirating along the River Mersey, John, Arthur, Dennis, John, Mal and Phil sing shanties and songs of the sea. All have been performing in folk clubs, choirs and amateur operatics for many years. Their roots in traditional folk music, Irish music and Liverpool’s proud Maritime, Folk and Merseybeat roots, are all stirred up with a big panful of Scouse humour. They sing sea shanties and other songs of the sea at maritime events and historical venues to celebrate Britain’s maritime history.

North Wales Armed Forces Day Colwyn Bay 20th June 2015
Conwy County will be the focus of North Wales on June 20th 2015, as Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay plays host to the Armed Forces day on behalf of the 6 Local Authorities in North Wales.
They expect to welcome many thousands of residents and visitors to what promises to be a memorable day, with the aim of recognising and honouring our armed forces and veterans. With a Spitfire and Sea King fly past; the Blue Falcons Parachute Display Team, a military capability demonstration, assault course; wheelchair rugby, basketball and blind archery and much, much more.

“Drama” and “Vocabulary” workshops in May
Teachers from the school attended two workshops last month. Stephen Landon led a drama workshop in which teachers were given techniques and inspiration on how to use drama to stimulate communication in the classroom. His techniques are designed to relax students, make them laugh, and improve confidence in using English that they have already learnt but don’t feel able to use well. It included a poem, pronunciation practice, games, the Three Little Pigs and lots of imagination. It was a great opportunity for students to use English and have fun at the same time.
Yvonne then led a Vocabulary workshop that focused on thinking about what vocabulary is. You may think that vocabulary is just words, but did you realise there are also multi-word units (groups of words with one meaning such as phrasal verbs), binomials (two words separated by “and” and “or” that are fixed such as “black and white”), collocations (such as “take a picture” not “make a picture) and so much more. We need to be aware of the complexity of our own language so that we can help students use vocabulary in the correct way, providing the correct contexts for new language and further help on how to use language beyond that context. Ultimately, using complex vocabulary well makes a student sound more natural in English and knowing they are using it well will give confidence.

Welcome Jocelyn! Chester’s new Director of Studies.
This month we welcome Jocelyn Horton, the new Director of Studies at Chester, originally grew up in Little Sutton and Ellesmere Port but has since lived in various places in the UK and the USA. Graduating from Sir John Moore University with a degree in Applied Biology (Hons), Jocelyn first entered the working world as an Environmental Educator and has worked across the UK at various sites including the Skelton Grange Environmental Education Centre in Leeds and Mudchute Park and Farm, the UK’s largest city farm, in London.
After working with Friends of the Earth developing youth and educational materials and campaigns, she decided she missed the classroom so did her CELTA and worked in schools in London and Cambridge. Her original reason for going to the US was a short holiday to play her
beloved softball, but she decided to study for her Masters in TEFL from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, USA. She worked in several US schools before returning home in 2012 where she worked for a local charity in Ellesmere Port.

Idiom of the month
A race against time
To be in a hurry to beat a deadline. It’s a race against time to get the building finished before the rainy season sets in.