Newsletter October 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"!

The end of August marks the end of a month filled with Marchigiani at Conlan Chester.
Various groups of students took part in European Funded Projects of different nature, some Work Experience focussing on Digital Technology, ICT, Tourism … and others in a project aimed at improving employability skills.
Two students, Camilla who is in Chester on Work Experience from Turin, and Paige, who is attending A Levels in Christleton High School, put together a blog which followed two groups for two weeks capturing moments and the different elements of their programme.
…It is well worth a read!

Events in Wales during October
Autumn is in full swing and October is packed with events for you to visit. Spend a day at a food festival or an afternoon listening to music in the capital. There are also lots of walking festivals taking place all across Wales, perfect for taking in the autumn-coloured countryside.

Snowdonia Walking Festival Throughout October

Guided walks taking in forests, lakes and mountains around Betws-y-Coed. All walks are taken by a local guide and range from three-mile strolls to all-day treks for the more experienced mountain walker.
Gwledd Conwy Feast 24th and 25th October

The medieval town of Conwy is transformed with a weekend festival that boasts the largest celebration of music, art and food of Wales. The quayside, castle and medieval streets burst with flavours, sound and sights

Workshops in Abergele
Teachers assembled once again this month to share wisdom in an effort to improve their own teaching and the Conlan experience. This month’s main topic was “Introducing Activities” so we discussed things like setting up activities and whether pre-teaching vocabulary is a good thing and how it can be done. I’m sure experienced teachers reading this newsletter have got examples of when they had a fantastic activity planned and it didn’t go as planned! Students misunderstanding instructions or ignoring them can ruin a brilliant activity to the frustration of all. We looked at how to give simple clear instructions, how to check that students have understood what you want, and how to predict the potential problem in an activity from the students’ point of view. Next we discussed pre-teaching. The same experienced teachers reading this will know how it feels to bring a lesson to a halt by spending too long pre-teaching vocabulary. We agreed that sometimes a key word or two could/should be taught and shared methods of doing this that aren’t boring or too time-consuming. What do you think? Is pre-teaching an essential way that the teacher can help the students understand English and learn, or is it an artificial classroom activity that doesn’t help in the real world? Well, now the Abergele teachers have given this topic a lot of thought and shared their ideas with each other so whatever they choose to do, it will now be a carefully considered decision made to help the students on their English journey.

To be on pins and needles
Definition: To be nervously anxious; in suspense; to be worried or excited about something.

The expression pins and needles stands for the tingling sensation experienced in recovering from numbness. The meaning was transferred to a feeling of uneasiness in about 1800.
Example: I was on pins and needles until she called to say she had arrived safely in Istanbul.