January 2018

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"!

Marc our new Director of Studies in Abergele

My name is Marc, I am the new Director of Studies at Conlan school in Abergele. I am originally from the Lake District in the north-west of England, which is an absolutely stunning area of the UK full of lakes and mountains. After working abroad for 7-8 years and living and working in some fantastic countries, it is great to be back in the UK, living in such a beautiful place with so much to offer. I have many interests and hobbies, I love hiking in the countryside, cycling and I am a great cook. I have also travelled and cycled in a lot of countries around the world, which has been amazing and taught me a lot about the world. I got married 2 years ago in Ecuador, my wife is from Kazakhstan and we have a dog, we love walking with her and feeding her, she really is the apple of my eye! I am thrilled to be here and I am very excited about being part of the Conlan team, and meeting and working with lots of fascinating students from all over the world.

Events in Chester

Maelstrom, a public artwork by artist David Cotterrell, will acknowledge Chester’s evolving relationship with water and provide an excuse to stop and stare; to encourage alternate viewpoints and to reward urban curiosity and contemplation. The Maelstrom, or whirlpool, will be created by projected light and animation upon the canal, creating the illusion of shifting currents within the waterways that intermittently appear and disappear, creating a sense of wonder and surprise within the waterways of Chester. Keep your eyes open at King Charles Tower Gardens this winter.
Source: www.visitcheshire.com/whats-on

Pronunciation: Changing Meaning through Word Stress

When you are speaking English, the words you stress can change the underlying meaning of a sentence. Let's take a look at the following sentence:
I don't think he should get the job.
This simple sentence can have many levels of meaning based on the word you stress. Consider the meaning of the following sentences with the stressed word in bold. Read each sentence aloud and give a strong stress to the word in bold:
I don't think he should get the job.
Meaning: Somebody else thinks he should get the job.
I don't think he should get the job.
Meaning: It's not true that I think he should get the job.
I don't think he should get that job.
Meaning: That's not really what I mean. OR I'm not sure he'll get that job.
I don't think he should get that job.
Meaning: Somebody else should get that job.
Can you think of the meaning for the other words if given a strong stress? Write the sentence below and then what you think is the meaning. Once you have finished, you can check your answers by visiting this webpage:
www.thoughtco.com/pronunciation-changing-meaning

Phrase of the month

We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
If you can see a problem in the future that you don’t really want to deal with yet, you would use this idiom.
For example:
“At Easter your parents, cousin, sister and nephew all want to visit and we don’t have enough space for them all!”
“Don’t worry. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”