Newsletter May 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 Groups – Regional Funding – Internazzionalizzazione della Pubblica Amministrazione

We’ve recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of teachers from Italy who came over on regional funding that funds English Language programmes for public administration staff. Three Agricultural teachers joined us for the week on an intensive programme focused on their subject. They spent a whole day at the local Agricultural College where they were treated to a very warm welcome. They looked at the different areas of the College including the forestry area, the animals and even used some of the farm machinery. Back at Conlan, they focused on vocabulary for their subject, pronunciation and accuracy and made a presentation at the end of their course where it was easy to see how their skills had improved over such a short time. Thanks to the Italians for their hard work, Llysfasi for welcoming our group and to their excellent teacher Dannielle. It was a very successful week.

What’s on - Chester – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

It wouldn’t be summer in Chester without the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and that has been the case now since the concept’s relatively humble beginnings back in 2010. Now it is an event which regularly sells out most of its performances thanks to its unforgettable atmosphere, ingeniously designed temporary theatre and the high quality of production which has become a hallmark of the season year in and year out. What’s more, producers Storyhouse have already announced what we can look forward to for the 2018 line-up which runs from July 14-August 26: a new adaptation of the children’s classic Swallows and Amazons plus two Shakespearean gems - The Tempest and, appropriately enough, the eternally popular romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing which was the first play ever produced in the park back in 2010.



EFL topics - TEFL Games in the classroom

Games can be generally defined as something played for fun or an activity that people participate in together or on their own for fun.
Games have been shown to have advantages and effectiveness in learning EFL in various ways. Firstly, games bring relaxation and fun for students, thus helping them learn and retain new words more easily. Secondly, games usually involve friendly competition and they keep learners interested. This creates the motivation for learners of English to get involved and participate actively in the learning activities. Thirdly, vocabulary games bring real world context into the classroom and enhance students’ use of English in a flexible, communicative way.
There are many advantages of using games in the classroom:
1. Games are a welcome break from the usual routine of the language class.
2. They are motivating and challenging.
3. Learning a language requires a great deal of effort. Games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning.
4. Games provide language practice in the various skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading.
5. They encourage students to interact and communicate.
6. They create a meaningful context for language use.

Author: Jo Budden


Phrase of the month

‘to make a dog’s dinner of something’ – to make a mess of or completely ruin something.
The expression compares the manner in which a dog eats its dinner with the activity the speaker is observing.
‘The cake you baked is horrible, you made a dog’s dinner of it!’
‘Your homework is completely wrong, you made a dog’s dinner of it!’