Newsletter December 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"!

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a great start to 2018!

EFL: Conlan School’s future projects

We’re working on some exciting projects for 2018. One of them is a CLIL course for teachers. The courses are funded and intended to help teachers improve their knowledge and skills so that they can teach their own subject through English back in their schools at home with more confidence. Working closely with Manchester Metropolitan University’s CLIL experts, we’re putting courses together on which teachers visiting from Italy will learn about the background, developments and theory of CLIL teaching and acquire some new techniques and materials that they can take home with them. We’re looking forward to running the programmes which have already been very successful during the past 3 years. We’ll report on them in due course!

The groups in our Centres: From Monza with Love

We’ve just said goodbye to a younger group of 12-13 year old students in our Abergele centre. Abergele is particularly well-suited to the younger age group due to the very simple bus system (1 bus running along a single line along the coast) and good number of families close to the school. Many of the students had never been abroad before so being in a foreign country, speaking English and using the bus was largely a new experience for them. It was fantastic to see how students grew in confidence during the week that they were here and learnt a new level of independence with the help and support of their 4 group leaders and the host families that they stayed with. By Thursday evening, the students were even calling their families on the phone to arrange a lift home in English! I think that the 41 youngsters should be very proud of themselves for becoming more confident English speakers and more independent young people.

Host Family feature: Chester

One family who has stood out this year has been the Croenens.
An and Gotfried regularly go above and beyond for our guests, whether they be young learners or adults here as Group Leaders or on specialised CLIL courses.
I asked An what she enjoyed most about hosting. She said that dinner time was their favourite – ‘We have ‘Story of the Day’, in which each of us shares one thing that happened during that day. The activity is held like a radio programme, light heartedly compèred and semi-formalised with clockwise proceedings. The guests get into this routine very quickly, discussing during the day what might be a good story to tell and even jokingly steal each other’s stories over dinner!’
It is this kind of rapport and interaction that our visitors value so highly. And when not spending quality time in their cosy suburban semi in nearby Hoole, they take the opportunity to explore the vicinity.
This summer An and her husband hosted two boys who shared a particular interest in astronomy. She said that they ‘hatched a plan to watch the Perseids Meteor shower (‘falling stars’) together on the top of Moel Famau, the highest hill in North Wales. We walked as the sun was setting and waited together for the stars to appear, whilst slowly the world all around us darkened. The boys had set up their cameras to capture the 360° view. It was an unforgettable evening’.
That is what we try to achieve here at Conlan, an unforgettable experience. Many thanks to An and Gotfried for their hosting.

Idiom of the month: cry (someone) a river

Said sarcastically to someone whose whining, complaints, or tears fall on unsympathetic ears.
Most often said as "cryme a river."
You can cry me a river, but you're still not going to that party tonight!
A: "It's so unfair, I work so hard, but I only get a raise every two years!"
B: "Oh, cry me a river, I haven't gotten a raise since I first started working!"