Newsletter June 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 – Our Host Families

Conlan is fortunate to have some great people on board, whether staff, Work Placement providers or Host Families. As Centre Managers - Yvonne and myself - we recognise when our Host Families go the extra mile – in the following case, quite literally. Steve Ball has been a firm fixture on our Host Family base for several years now and each time goes beyond the call of duty in one way or another. Examples include arranging bowling evenings, accommodating disabled students, taking them to local events or inviting other students over for group meals. His enthusiasm clearly rubs off on the students from whom he receives consistently positive feedback. He has even helped ferry Chester based students to Abergele for socials. It is these things that add value to the experience and ensure students leave with positive memories of us and our people. Thank you Steve!

What’s on - Chester - The Queen and Meghan Markle Visit Chester

Our students in Chester will have the opportunity to see the Queen and Prince Harry’s new wife Meghan Markle, the Duccess of Sussex next week. The two ladies will be visiting Chester to open the new Storyhouse on Thursday June 14th. The Storyhouse is a fantastic building which launched in May 2017 but this will be the building’s official opening. It incorporates a cinema, theatre and library with a restaurant in one of the rooms. The Queen and the Duccess will also be visiting Catalyst Science Centre and opening its adjacent bridge – The Mersey Gateway Bridge – on the same day.

EFL Topics - Why is English such a difficult language to learn?

Native English speakers often say languages are difficult to learn, although if they begin to learn a language they see similarities with the English language, such as many words from Spanish, French, or Italian have Latin roots, many words are borrowed from other languages and used in English, or in Chinese the grammar is quite similar to English. Learners of the English language often don’t have these advantages.
Approximately 60% of the words in the English language have silent letters in them; this has the potential to cause problems with spelling and pronunciation. English phonetics can cause a number of problems, especially when the spelling often doesn’t help us to pronounce the word, see below:
‘Which rhymes with enough? — Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough? Hiccough has the sound of cup. My advice is to give up!’ (Gerard Nolst Trenité)
There are many aspects to the English language which make can make it difficult to learn; grammar, vocabulary, developing language skills, etc. but the more we immerse in the culture, practice using the language, and better plan our learning path, the easier it becomes.


Phrase of the month - Bite the bullet

To "bite the bullet" is to endure a painful or otherwise unpleasant situation that is seen as unavoidable. The phrase was first recorded by Rudyard Kipling in his 1891 novel The Light that Failed.
It was suggested by the movie Bite the Bullet that biting the bullet meant using a shell casing to cover an aching tooth, especially one that had been broken, and where a nerve is exposed. In the film, the slug was removed from the bullet, the cap was hit to expend that charge, and the casing was cut down to allow it to sit level with the other teeth.
It is often stated that it is derived historically from the practice of having a patient clench a bullet in his or her teeth as a way to cope with the extreme pain of a surgical procedure without anesthetic, though evidence for biting a bullet rather than a leather strap during surgery is sparse. It has been speculated to have evolved from the British empire expression "to bite the cartridge", which dates to the Indian Rebellion of 1857, but the phrase "chew a bullet", with a similar meaning, dates to at least 1796.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia