Newsletter August 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 – Alternanza Scuola Lavoro - Science Placement Success in North Wales!

We recently had a work placement group with several Science students visit us in Abergele. We were very pleased with the feedback for these placements from the students and group leaders. And also the feedback on the students themselves from the companies. Students were analysing oil samples in the labs at Synlab, analysing aggregate samples at Celtest, observing operations on animals in Conwy Road Vets Surgery, working in the labs in Biocheck where test kits for horse meat are manufactured, monitoring and tagging rare birds (terns) in Denbighshire Countryside Council and helping with prescriptions in Lloyds Pharmacy. Amongst other things! Thank you to all the companies involved. This is a difficult sector to place students into and with excellent quality students and excellent quality placements, it means we can approach these companies in the future for similar experiences.

EFL topics - Listening in a second language.

Listening in a second language can be challenging for students as it can be very varied with regards to content, context, meaning, language, and accent. Listening skills are often tested rather than taught, and it is clear there should be a strong focus on listening and teaching the correct skills to enable learners to listen effectively. One of the most common conversations in my house is ‘Tea?’ ‘Yeah’ ‘Milk?’ ‘Uhuh’ ‘Sugar?’ ‘No, thanks’, native speakers are able to use the context to predict the content, and listen for subtle changes in pronunciation to understand whether an utterance is a question, affirmative, or negative statement, they also fill the gaps with their knowledge of the language. The importance of teaching our learners the correct skills for effective listening is paramount. This means teaching our learners to predict content from context or the relationship between the speakers, and teaching them important language features such as grammar or features of pronunciation, developing these skills helps learners to listen more effectively and increases confidence.

What’s on - The Makers Market returns to the Carriage Shed Chester

Award-winning The Makers Market returns to the Carriage Shed Chester Saturday September the 30th . The pop-up event, adjoining the train station, will showcase over 100 stalls offering local artisan food and drink, art and crafts and top vintage finds from specially sourced producers and creators. With live music, street food and cookery demonstrations plus plenty of other activities - there is something to do for everyone. Best of all, it’s free entry!

Phrase of the month
‘hit the books’

If a person is going to hit the books, they are not going to physically slap or punch the books! It means they are going to study hard for an important exam.
‘I am doing an end of year English exam next week, so I’ll be hitting the books all weekend.’