Newsletter August 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"!

Working with the National Trust
We have recently set up a working relationship with the National Trust in North Wales and have collaborated together on different projects and will be involved in future projects together.
Bodnant is a large stunning garden in Snowdonia and one of the main tourist attractions in North Wales and Penrhyn Castle is a nineteenth century mock castle with gardens and a large art collection. All National Trust properties are significant and historical sites that are protected by the Trust and are open to the public.
This year, students and groups of Conlan School have been involved with both properties. Elena did a marketing project in the gardens for her work experience, Francesco and Shpresim have chef placements in the kitchens of Penrhyn and Bodnant, and also groups have been to the properties as visitors. In the future, we are also hoping to involve Bodnant Welsh Food in a future hospitality project.
Thanks to those within the National Trust who have given their time to our students.
A visit to Bodnant or Penrhyn would be a fantastic addition to any programme so be sure to enquire if you are thinking about booking a course.

The websites can be accessed here Bodnant Garden and Penrhyn Castle

Community Projects with Conlan School
We have just said goodbye to a lovely group of students who spent two weeks with us on a very special programme. They wanted to take part in activities that would help the local community. We thought this was a great idea and so worked on a programme that would give the students a range of different activities with the aim of putting something back into the community and also giving opportunities to practise and improve English skills.
The programme included putting on a show at a local care home for the elderly with singing, dancing and stories, working in local charity shops for a day, working in a forest and in the local park and interviewing people in the park about the standard of the facility. The group put all their effort into all the activities and the results were amazing. People praised the work they did and one or two of the residents in the care home even cried when the students left and asked them to return!
It was an inspirational programme and we are now hoping to include certain elements on other standard programmes. We feel that working alongside the local community is at the heart of what we do and could really enrich many future programmes.

Breaking News English
One of the best loved teacher resources is the website , where teachers can find lesson plans related to recent interesting news items. There are many different kinds of activities for teachers to choose from, and many of them have a strong communicative focus. As the website has grown in popularity, what it offers has grown too and now lessons are available for different levels of students and there’s even a mini version for teachers who are very short on time.
Students prepare for the article with warm-up activities from a worksheet, then read or listen to the news story and then of course they have the opportunity to respond to the story and use the content to do other speaking-related or vocabulary-related activities. Role-plays are common ways to recycle the language the students have been exposed to, as are discussions and debates.
Seeing how vocabulary is used in context is important for language acquisition as it enables the student to understand the language more deeply and talking about actual news events is motivating because it is real and current.
We find this resource a very useful one and recommend all English teachers to take a look and have a go. You can teach the lesson in your own way or click, print and follow the suggested activities. A valuable time saver for busy teachers!

Idiom of the Month
Sofia is modelling our idiom this month. She completed a work experience with Conlan School in June this year. Can you guess what it is?

Put the cat among the pigeons: say or do something that is likely to cause trouble or controversy