Newsletter May 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"!

Green Economy - Sustainable energy initiatives across North Wales

This month the Albert group from southern France spent 2 weeks in Abergele. In addition to language instruction, cultural trips and even a visit to Old Trafford where Manchester Utd play, they paid several visits to energy based companies.

They are a vocational group who specialise in electrics and energy so our tailored programme took in visits to local companies, colleges and sustainable energy initiatives across North Wales. They also got to visit a vocational college in the area where they inspected solar panel and wind turbine technology with the Renewable Energy Department.

Pictured below are the group outside Llandrillo College where they had that specific tour.

What does Brexit mean for TEFL?

The recent EU Referendum leave vote has left uncertainty hanging over the EFL industry in Europe. So, what will change? At this stage no one really knows. The major concern for the EFL industry post-Brexit is whether worker rights will be affected in the long term.

Britain’s worker rights status in Europe

Britain’s previous membership to the EU meant those wishing to work within fellow EU member states could do so without the need for a work visa. Therefore, with Britain a member of the EU it was straightforward for EFL employers within the EU to hire British EFL teachers without having to go through a length visa process required of non-EU citizens.

What will leaving the EU mean for British EFL teachers?

If Britain remains within the EU Single Market, it is very likely that free movement rights will be retained – allowing British citizens to work within the EU and vice versa. However, if the British government chooses to impose work restrictions on EU migrants, then EU countries may reciprocate. If this is to be the case, Britons will have to apply for EU work visas – which is required of EFL teachers from fellow English-speaking countries outside the EU (i.e. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa).

More advice for British nationals seeking to travel and work throughout Europe post-referendum can be found on the website –

By Peter Cameron

The Storyhouse opens in Chester!

Storyhouse is Chester’s brand new £37m theatre, library, cinema and arts centre. The restored and revitalised 1930s Odeon building now houses an 800-seat auditorium, a 200-seat studio theatre, a restaurant and two bars and a 100-seat boutique cinema.

Summer will see an opening season of four productions – The Beggar’s Opera, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Julius Caesar – from the team that brought you Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre – taking the atmosphere of the park and bringing it to the brand new stage. Autumn brings a season of nationally-acclaimed touring shows, spanning music, drama, comedy and dance. Christmas will also see a Storyhouse-produced production.

Alongside the stage, the 100-seat cinema will feature a programme of screenings including the latest blockbuster releases, the best of British theatre live on screen, world cinema, classic films and more.

Storyhouse has a spacious in-house ground floor restaurant and bar, accompanied by a separate upstairs bar with panoramic views of Chester.

Chester Library has moved in and the books thread their way throughout the building, with a dedicated reading room and children’s den providing spaces for storytelling and imagination.

Penny for Your Thoughts

If you want to know what someone is thinking, especially if they are being quiet or reflective, then you might ask:

“A penny for your thoughts!”

The phrase is quite old and has been used since the mid-1500s.

Interesting fact: Both pence and pennies are considered correct plural forms for the word “penny.” However, we tend to use pence to talk about an amount of money, like “Three pounds fifty-five pence,” and pennies to talk about the coins as an object “There are three pennies on the floor.”