Newsletter January 2017

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 WayWard Festival takes place in Chester’s Town hall and Cheshire Libraries from 13th to 19th of February over half term.
Chester Town Hall and libraries across the region will be awash with activities and events as authors, illustrators, TV stars, scientists, coders and even a beatboxer come together to make up the festival’s most interactive line-up ever.
The festival’s theme is Adventure and there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the world without leaving Chester Town Hall.
Artistic Director of Chester Performs, Alex Clifton said: “This year’s theme is Adventure and we’re delighted to welcome such a diverse set of artists and performers to WayWord Festival this year.”

Abergele Group
In late autumn groups still visit us. Despite the cold, Conlan gave a warm welcome to the Schiavo group from Bergamo mid-November. Our Host Families scored strongly as did our teachers and trips, but we’re proud to say that the Group Leaders were most pleased. Here’s what one, Caterina, said after:
‘I’m writing to thank you and Yvonne for the assistance, patience, advice and care during our staying….Please give my regards to Chris and Sarah [teachers] as well, students are still talking about them. By the way, both students and parents were really pleased with the staying and asked to arrange for a new one next year’.
We look forward to their return in the New Year, whether here or over in Chester.

Welcome Andy Devey
We would like to officially welcome Andy Devey to the Conlan School family as Director of Studies at Conlan School Chester. Andy has worked in the ESL Industry for over ten years as an English teacher, Academic Director and School Manager. He has taught English in Thailand, Mexico, the USA, the UK and in Spain. Andy thinks he got his love of languages and the travel bug from living in Guinnea, West Africa as a kid when his family moved there to work. After looking after his students and teachers at Conlan, Andy enjoys coaching his football team of Under 8s and hanging out with his 5 year old son; Callum.

Snowball Effect
Winter is here and so this month we introduce a wintry idiom.
If something has a snowball effect, it increases in size and importance more and more quickly, just as a snowball gains speed and picks up more snow as it rolls down a hill. It can be used in both a positive and negative way:
For example, “Investing in the town will have the snowball effect of attracting more tourists and investment.” In a negative context, “Gambling had the snowball effect of causing financial and family problems.”
Do you have a similar phrase in your language?