Newsletter April 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

L. Da Vinci Fascetti

On Monday 9th April I.I.S. “L. DA VINCI FASCETTI” school were given a special Police Workshop by our local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) James Hannath, or our local “Bobby”. Together with PCSO Lauren, they gave the class a session on how to assist the police, provide descriptions and be more acutely aware. The session was a hit with the group whose Group Leader Alessandra loved the real world element and use of English in this context. Sessions like these not only encourage use of English, but imbed a feeling of citizenship. Of the demonstrations, the photo opportunity in the police van had them queueing up.

What’s on - Liverpool – The Terracotta Warriors

In 1974 one of the greatest modern discoveries was made: the Terracotta Army. This is a huge underground army of life-sized soldiers guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang. The army contains all different kinds of soldiers that are more than 2000 years old and are excellently well-preserved. Liverpool Museum is fortunate to have an exhibition of some of the soldiers and horses from this Terracotta Army and many more artefacts and the exhibition tells a fascinating historical story of this time. Tickets are available this year until 28th October and if groups are interested in including this on their itinerary for their Liverpool trip, we can try to book tickets in advance. The exhibition has been called “unmissable” by the local press.

EFL topics - A topic-based and task-based approach

Much of modern ESL pedagogy is based around topic-based and task-based learning. A topic-based lesson focusses on the topic, rather than the language within the material, which allows for a more holistic approach to language learning and is becoming increasingly popular. It is thought that a topic-based syllabus designed around the interests of the learners encourages language acquisition and develops learner autonomy. The idea behind task-based learning is that students will learn the language by completing a task. Adopting a task-based syllabus, in which learners can immerse in a task, while using language increases confidence, study-skills, and relevant language skills. Combining the two approaches is something which is also becoming increasingly popular with schools around the world. For example, one of the recent groups here at Conlan School, did a topic-based lesson focussing on the Beatles and Liverpool, and later that week they went to Liverpool on a school trip. Whilst on the trip they visited a lot of Beatles’ attractions and had the task of completing a quiz in English based around the topic they had studied in class that week. The students really enjoyed the task, completed the quiz, and even had a song played in the Cavern Club (the club where the Beatles became famous) to which they danced and sang ‘…we all live in a yellow submarine…’.

Phrase of the month

To be on the run
Running away from the police as a fugitive. The wanted pair have been on the run for a week, with no leads as to their whereabouts.
1. Fig. while one is moving from place to place. I will try to pick up some aspirin today on the run. I will think about it on the run.
2. Fig. running from the police. Richard is on the run from the cops. The gang of crooks is on the run.