Newsletter April 2016

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"!

Introducing Matt
This month, Conlan School Chester is welcoming a new member of staff. With current Centre Manager, Jessica Cavallari soon going on maternity leave, we are welcoming Matthew Bignell as Centre Manager while Jess is away.
Matt is originally from Birmingham, UK and has worked with language schools for a number of years, and has previously worked as a teacher in the UK, Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic. He is very excited to continue the great work Jess has been doing in Chester.
We wish Matt all the best while he is working for Conlan School, Chester and wish Jessica a happy and healthy time while away.

What’s on in North Wales…
This Summer Lionel Richie is coming to North Wales for a concert at Park Eirias in Colwyn Bay on 19th June. He will be performing songs spanning his whole career, which started in the 1960s. Some of his more famous songs include Hello, Easy and Dancing On The Ceiling. On his UK tour he will be performing 11 gigs for his admirers around the country. Lionel Richie says he’s looking forward to the tour. Last Summer he played at Glastonbury and received a warm welcome from his British fans.

There are plenty of other things going on this Summer if Lionel Richie isn’t to your taste, such as, watching the Llandudno sea triathlon, also on the 19th June, where participants will take part in a sea swim, a challenging cycle section around the Great Orme, and a run over the Little Orme. In May there is BANFF Mountain Film Festival where you could see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.
Let us know if you’d like to include any cultural activities during your stay with us.

Budoc March 2016
Vive Martinique!!!

In March this year we welcomed our first group from Martinique, which is an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of 1,128 square kilometres (436 sq mi) and a population of 386,486 inhabitants (as of January 2013).[1] Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. One of the Windward Islands, it is directly north of Saint Lucia, northwest of Barbados, and south of Dominica.
There were 62 students and 5 Group Leaders and their stay consisted of an 8 night programme. Yvonne Gregory our Director of Studies ensured that the programme consisted of English lessons in the morning and a variety of cultural experiences in the afternoon. The Group contained a catering and hospitality group who visited a brewery in Manchester and sampled local cheeses and ice cream. There were also a number of excursions to the Victorian resort in Llandudno, the historical Roman City of Chester and the large commercial cities of Manchester and Liverpool.

Martinique Students Cook with Llandrillo College
We were very excited to welcome 62 students from the Caribbean island of Martinique last week. Nineteen of the students studied catering and hospitality and as part of their programme, they visited a brewery in Manchester, had a tour of a 4 star hotel in Llandudno and also did a cooking session with the catering department at Llandrillo College led by lecturer there Mike Evans.
Experts prepared three local dishes: Glamorgan Sausages, Mussels and Welsh Cakes, and then students had an opportunity to get “hands on” and make the sausages and Welsh Cakes themselves. There was a strong intercultural exchange because the students had brought with them some typical herbs and spices from Martinique and prepared one of their own local specialties, called Pork Colombo. The group had a great time and received some excellent feedback for their skills and enthusiasm from Mike. It was a real pleasure to meet such a lovely group. Thanks to Llandrillo College for their expertise and warm welcome.
The students also attended a local production of the show “Chicago” performed by students from a local high school. The week finished with a traditional party and buffet with Martinique music and dancing before returning home. Conlan staff enjoyed the Planteur, the local rum based cocktail!!!
Would you like to improve the cultural awareness and confidence of your students??
If you would please visit our website or contact for more information.

Idiom of the Month
It costs an arm and a leg.
Meaning: A large, possibly exorbitant, amount of money.
Origin: Legend has it that portrait painters used to charge more for larger paintings and that a head and shoulders painting was the cheapest option, followed in price by one which included arms and finally the legs which was the most expensive.