Newsletter July 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"!

Events in Chester
The award winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester, the finest open-air theatre experience outside London, returns for another season. The summer season will stage productions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

As You like It is one of Shakespeare’s most bewitching comedies, packed with poetry, song and passion. Grosvenor Park will be turned into a magical, theatrical place where lovers meet, and anything can happen

Shakespeare’s first play is also his most wildly passionate, an exuberant comedy of love charting the twists and turns of the faithful and the fickle as the city’s entanglements untangle in the forest.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona was Shakespeare’s first play. Four young lovers on their gap-year chase each other across Italy, confused by their own adolescent desires, cross-dressing disguises, a band of singing outlaws and a roguish clown with a scamp of a dog.

This joyous comedy about what it feels like to be young is bursting with joy, love and sun-kissed madness.

Chester Zoo – now with dinosaurs!
They're big, they're fierce...and they're back!! Walk amongst the predators and their prey, not knowing what is lurking around the next corner. You'll take an exhilarating journey back to the Jurassic age when these gigantic creatures roamed and ruled the earth.

Coupled with award winning gardens, world renowned conservation work, and 20,000 animals Chester Zoo is not to be missed!

Meet our new Abergele Centre Manager
With Jeff moving up to be our new Managing Director, we are happy to welcome Sean as the new Abergele Centre Manager. We say welcome – but maybe we should say “welcome back” because Sean started his English teaching career at Conlan in Abergele in 2004!

After two years with us, he then travelled the world with his English teaching skills, which included a long time in China with six years in Beijing! With his wealth of academic and management experience, and the supportive presence of Jeff, Sean is a valuable addition to our team.

His first week has included being part of the North Wales School Games where with Jeff, Yvonne and our team of teachers we have welcomed students from Portugal, Italy and Germany to compete with our local school Emrys.

Best wishes to Sean – we’re happy to have you on board.

Recent Group in Chester – Angelo Berti

The winning team presenting their project to the class!

This month we are focusing on one of the many groups we had in June to give you a snapshot of what it is like to study at Conlan school in Chester.

The Angelo Berti group from Verona requested that we build a course based on their main theme: the importance of local food products for their Catering and Hospitality students from Italy. Their students also needed to improve their language skills for the English test Pet B1.

On Sunday 19th June, after a trouble-free flight via Frankfurt, the group were picked up at Manchester airport and whisked to Chester where their host families were waiting to meet them. On Monday, they had their Induction, testing and after a guided tour of Chester, they completed their Treasure Hunt in groups getting to know the beautiful city and having lots of fun along the way.

On Tuesday, after their morning classes and lunch, they were lucky enough to receive a visit from Sam the Veg Man, from the Carbon Neutral Village of Ashton Hayes. The Natural Veg Men’s aim is to have a positive impact on our local area and within the communities we are part of. They want to shorten the food chain, help healthy food choices be easy choices and provide the opportunity for people to have a range of quality local seasonal produce that they would otherwise not have access to.

Other helpful trips for the group included an afternoon visit to the Cheshire College Catering Department, a visit to the Runaway Brewery in Manchester and nights out tasting Pub grub in Chester. In their second week of classes, the students were set a task as part of their Food and Sustainability Project: To design a restaurant that will encourage children to eat healthy food. They were tasked with producing a poster, a menu and a presentation using information they had learned from their lessons, notes that they made on their visits, questions and answers from a survey and through Homework research.

An amazing time was had by all! We look forward to our next Angelo Berti group in September!

Making the grade

Meaning: To succeed or to reach the required standard (often used in the negative form – ‘didn’t/failed to make the grade’).

Example: “The Hotel was quite nice, but the food didn’t really make the grade.”

Origin: The idiom originates from America when railways were being constructed to link the east and west coasts. Careful calculations had to be made to ensure that the trains could handle the steep gradients – in other words, they had to ensure that the trains could ‘make the grade’.