Newsletter March 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"!

Our programmes and our groups

We have had the recent pleasure of having a group of 16 hairdressers with us. They did a week of English followed by 4 weeks of work experience in hair salons in North Wales. Each student went to a different salon and wrote online diaries throughout the experience so we have a very detailed account of their stay here. They all got involved with doing different tasks such as shampooing, blowdrying, colouring and styling both on clients and colleagues, plus they learnt how we do things differently here and spoke about how they had improved their knowledge of available techniques that they can consider using in the future. The salons really looked after the students and there were many lovely comments in the diaries about how kind their colleagues had been, and many gave gifts and cards on their final day. Hairdressing always makes for a great programme because salons look forward to having the students and are quite used to it now so can keep the students busy with useful tasks. We hope to see the group again, and others like it.

In the picture you can see one of the hairstyles created by Anita during the work experience.

Events in Chester

Choirs are a traditional part of British culture, and right here in Chester on Sunday 15th April at 1900 over at the StoreyHouse. It is an exciting collaboration between three top Chester choirs – Chester Music Society Choir, The City of Chester Male Voice Choir and Chester Bach Singers at Chester's newest performance venue. In total there will be some 170 choristers,singers, across the 3 choirs. The programmes of the 3 choirs will be quite different and there will be a joint piece to finish which audience members will be encouraged to join in with.
Tickets are available from Storyhouse on-line via the Box Office at, in person at Storyhouse or by telephone to the Box Office on 01244 409113 (option #1)

EFL topics

Can You Learn a Language by Watching the News?
“I'd like to read the news in my new language” is a goal I often hear when I ask people what fluency would mean for them.
Perhaps you dream of reading Le Monde in a quirky cafe in Paris. Or maybe you'd to open up the Spiegel Online app while travelling on the S-Bahn in Berlin.
Even if reading the news isn't your end goal, it's still a great way to learn a language.
When I learn a new language though, I do it because I want to connect with people.
I don’t want to stop once I’ve learned how to order food or ask for directions. These are important to know, but they’re just one step in language learning. I wish to truly get to know people. That way, I can get an inside view of their country, culture, ideals and beliefs.
Plus, once you get to know people, you’ll likely start talking about common topics of conversation: current events, sports, celebrities, business. Maybe even politics, religion and life goals.
This is one reason – among many – why I recommend that language students watch the news. Doing this gives you insight into your target language that’s rarely available through other learning tools.
You won’t only be learning about current affairs. Watching the news can teach you new words and phrases and educate you in proper pronunciation. Reading the news will increase your vocabulary and improve your grammar skills.

Phrase of the month

As mad as a hatter – used to refer to a person who is completely crazy.
‘She’s as mad as a hatter, it was snowing last week and she was wearing shorts!’

The expression originates from the 18th and 19th century when hat makers (a hatter) used to use mercurous nitrate to make felt hats. Mercurous nitrate was poisonous and it used to cause mercury poisoning, which is inhaled made a person insane.