Newsletter September 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"!

What’s happening in Chester in September?
International Polo in Chester
The end of the racing season in Chester sees the England International return to the Roodee for the fourth time this year. See the England team do battle on the field, previous opponents have been South America and the Rest of the World – England have been victorious on every occasion, can they make it 4 out of 4 this year?

‘Bricks in Motion’ Exhibition
An exhibition of more than 100 LEGO models created by some of the finest LEGO artists in the world to celebrate the weird and wonderful world of transport.
See rockets, cranes, hovercrafts, F1 cars, snowmobiles, Concorde, a combine harvester and the mighty Titanic like never before at Chester Cathedral this summer – all made entirely from LEGO!
The Bricks in Motion exhibition showcases many different modes of transport – from a replica of the Titanic to Lewis Hamilton’s F1 Mercedes. The models took over a year to construct and were created by 22 of the finest LEGO artists in the world, including Duncan Titmarsh, the UK’s only LEGO Certified Professional.

Tour Of Britain Wales Stage
Stage 4, Wednesday 7 September, Denbigh to Builth Wells
Taking place from Sunday 4 - Sunday 11 September 2016, the Tour of Britain is Britain's national Tour and the UK's highest ranked cycle race attracting the world's top riders to race on UK roads in British Cycling's premier road cycling event.
07 – 08 September
Starting in Denbigh the race will head first into Flintshire and Mold before going south to Corwen and crossing into Powys, running along the outskirts of Snowdonia National Park. The peloton will then continue south, passing through Rhayader, before the fast run in to Builth Wells and the finish on the Royal Welsh Showground in a day that will surely prove crucial to the destination of the leader's yellow jersey. It is the longest stage of the 2016 Tour of Britain will be Stage Four on Wednesday 7 September with a gruelling day in the saddle comprising of 217 kilometres through the heart of Mid-Wales and Denbighshire, Flintshire and Powys. Not only will it be the longest day for the riders but will also see them tackle the most climbing, with a total ascent of 4,133m, as they feel the force of the Welsh mountains with the stage heading through the Clwydian Hills and Cambrian Mountains.

During August, Conlan Chester provided a three week intensive IELTS course for 43 Italian students. While we wait for their results to arrive, we thought it would be useful to show an article by Ayesha who scored 8.5 on the test. Her tips are very helpful for anyone thinking of taking the IELTS exam.
How Ayesha got IELTS Band 8.5 without any coaching (preparation tips)
“For 1 month I practised at least 2.5 hours per day (excluding weekends). I started off with the books Target Band 7 and Insight into IELTS. I tried to remember the tips and applied them during the practice tests.
For those who fear this section – don’t worry. Listen to BBC news every day for 30 mins and do the Cambridge practice tests. Watch English movies without subtitles and try to follow most of the sentences. That will boost your confidence.
Read lengthy articles every day. This also improves your vocabulary and grammar. Initially, I rushed through the passage to grab the content and highlight the prominent dates, people, etc. Then I read the questions and came back to find the answers in the relevant section.
Watch the videos on YouTube for this section of the test. Go through as many sample essays as you can. IELTS blog has many. Don’t write off-topic. Be straightforward and clear. Hit the word count. Use a variety of sentences, synonyms and linkers. Practice a lot!
Be confident when you speak. Speak in English at least 30 mins per day. Take time to understand the question and give relevant answers. Answer all parts of the question. Maintain normal fluency. If you don’t understand, ask. It’s OK to make mistakes.
Hope this is helpful. Good luck!”

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Phrase of the month
Itchy feet - This refers to restlessness, when you want to try or do something new, such as travelling.
Example: “After two years in the job she’s got itchy feet, so she’s going to spend three months in Australia.”