Newsletter September 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!

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Our groups - One Town Project

Last month, Conlan School Abergele hosted an exciting photography project called One Town.
The project’s aim was to capture Abergele’s spirit through photography and short writings. Its main participants were the creators Fabio Veneri (writer) and Max Boschini (photographer) but it also invited local participants from the Camera Club and was open to anyone who felt compelled to capture the community in Abergele with pictures or words.
As a previous group leader who had visited Abergele, Fabio wanted to repeat the One Town Project here, knowing that this particular location had the potential to produce some interesting results.
Over six days, the group met in Conlan School and Itaca Café before heading out with cameras to look for moments and opportunities to steal an image that would reveal something about the inner soul of our town.
At the end of the project, the group selected a limited number of photographs and texts to display in a temporary gallery in St Paul’s Church, which members of the public were invited to attend.
We include here a number of the photographs that were included in the exhibition.
Fabio was very pleased with the results of the project and commented that he had really felt part of Abergele community over the course of this project and commented that it was an unforgettable experience.

EFL topics - A Sociocultural Approach.

Adopting a sociocultural approach encourages learners to communicate and learn the language while socialising and interacting with other people, the lesson should be based around the culture of the language being learned. The sociocultural approach allows for learners to learn the language while acquiring cultural knowledge which aids them in having more natural exchanges. The idea is that cognitive thinking is raised through participation in social activities which are cognitively engaging and communicative. While this approach is best implemented in a society where the language being learned is the L1, I do believe that the teacher can create an environment in the L2 classroom which encourages sociocultural learning. Through continuous exposure to natural situations and language, learners can acquire knowledge of cultural and social values while learning the language. Sociocultural activities could include telling anecdotes, debating, giving opinions, essentially activities which allow learners to build their own cultural identity. It is important that learners have meaningful exchanges in which they can express their cultural identity and learn about the people they are communicating with while taking on board cultural aspects of that person’s identity. Essentially, the learning process becomes a social experience in which communication skills are acquired through meaningful interaction.

Phrase of the month - To bite your tongue

To stop yourself from saying something that you would really like to say, but you think might offend or upset the person you are talking to.
‘When he said his new hairstyle was amazing, I had to bite my tongue. (because it looked awful!)’