Newsletter November 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 – Younger Groups

Here in Conlan Abergele we have a very solid and secure environment to welcome younger students. We recently had a large group of students from a Scuola Media (aged 12-13 years old) who stayed with us for a week. Many of the families are based close to the school or within a short bus ride. The transport here in North Wales is so simple (2 possible buses) that students quickly understand and learn how to reach their home and school. We have seen that doing this journey in pairs or small groups is a very important early step in becoming independent and responsible and it has been wonderful to see students confidently navigating around the area at such a young age. We have special controls for making sure younger students are looked after carefully. If you are a teacher and are thinking about taking a young group abroad but are worried, then Abergele has proved to be a safe and simple place, and students have enjoyed all the places that we can easily visit from here such a Chester, Liverpool, Conwy and Manchester.

Video Competition

Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland is running an international video competition. The competition is open to all middle school / high school students and the task is to create a 3-minute video on the topic ‘A day in the life of (nationality) students’. The competition is a great way of providing an insight into the lives’ and culture of students from all over the world. The main goals of the competition are; to provide the opportunity for students from different countries to demonstrate their way of life, to be creative while showing the students’ typical day, to show students’ talents, and to encourage students to use technology and be creative. Students will be awarded points for a good topic, creativity, emotional value, and technical excellence. The winning video will be awarded a gift card with a value of not less than 150 euros, a board game REGIPIO, and books and gadgets from top publishing companies; Oxford University Press, Macmillan, and Express Publishing. All of the videos should be recorded in English and should be submitted before December 1st, the winner will be announced on December 31st. The competition is not only a fantastic way of showing creativity amongst students; it also provides a platform to share social and cultural differences across the globe in English. More information can be found at -

EFL Topics - Content and Language Integrated Learning

‘CLIL is a tool for the teaching and learning of content and language. The essence of CLIL is integration.’ (Mehisto, Marsh, and Frigols 2008)
CLIL is described as a dual-focused educational context in which a foreign language is used to teach non-language content. Attention may be drawn on either subject-specific content or language, but both are always present (Marsh 2002). CLIL has a multiple focus in a safe and enriching learning environment, it provides authenticity, and encourages active learning while providing scaffolding and responding to the students’ needs (Mehisto, Marsh, and Frigols 2008). CLIL integrates subject teaching and language teaching, where both content and language hold equal value, throughout the lesson language will be focused on through content. It calls for subject teachers to teach some language and for ESL teachers to have knowledge of the subject. The approach, if done effectively, aids learners in reinforcing the acquisition of content and language. Another important aspect of CLIL is having content and language goals which support the acquisition of content, while supporting learning outcomes for learning skills (Mehisto, Marsh, and Frigols 2008). CLIL provides a platform for learners to practice both productive and receptive skills through a context which they can engage, which results in learners better internalising the language, and which complements the learning process

Mehisto, Marsh, Frigols (2008). Uncovering CLIL. Macmillan

Marsh (2002). Content and Language Integrated Learning: The European Dimension - Actions, Trends and Foresight Potential