Newsletter April 2013

Market Leader

This world-famous quality course book reflects the fast-changing world of business with 100% updated material from authentic business sources such as the Financial Times. Covering such topics as buying and selling, marketing, human resources or mergers and acquisitions, each unit has a new case study with opinions from successful consultants who work in the real business world.
That means it is ideal for all the Business, Marketing and IT courses that Conlan School is running. Conlan’s teachers like Market Leader because it’s easy to use in their planning, has relevant and up to date information, and has many varied parts to keep students active. Those students also like Market Leader because it’s interesting for them, challenging them with suitable exercises for their level and knowledge.
It is accompanied by listening texts and exercises, and includes a new “iGlossary.”

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"!


Conlan School’s centre in Abergele is just a short drive away from one of the most beautiful natural landscapes, not only in Britain but also maybe anywhere in the world!
Snowdonia National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri) was established in 1951 as the third National Park in Britain, following the Peak District and the Lake District. It covers 827 square miles (2,140 km2), and has 37 miles (60 km) of coastline.
More than 26,000 people live within the Park, of whom about 62% can speak at least some Welsh. The Park attracts over 6 million visitors annually, split almost equally between day visitors and those that stay overnight, making it the third most visited National Park in England and Wales.
The name Snowdon is from the Old English for "snow hill", while the Welsh name – Yr Wyddfa – means "the tumulus", which may refer to the cairn built over the legendary giant Rhitta Gawr after his defeat by King Arthur. As well as other figures from Arthurian legend, the mountain is linked to a legendary afanc (water monster) and the Tylwyth Teg (fairies).

The Royal Photographic Society - 155th International Print Exhibition

The International Print Exhibition is the oldest and most prestigious print exhibition in the world. It is open to all photographers – amateur and professional, and attracts a very diverse range of photographers from across the globe. The character of the exhibition differs each year, combining traditional images with very contemporary art and documentary work.
The 123 images in this exhibition were selected from over 3000 entries by a panel of experts. It takes place at Bodelwyddan Castle, just 5 km from Conlan School’s Abergele centre.

Tuscan groups

Both Conlan School’s Abergele and Chester centres are busy welcoming many groups, but at this time of year they are especially from the Tuscan region of Italy. They come to study very specific areas of English. We are welcoming groups who have projects covering many different areas, from Marine Biology to Bilingualism, from Business, Marketing and Food to Bridges and Architecture.
They are all taking advantage of the wealth of experts and experience across North Wales and the North West of England, visiting universities, schools and local businesses connected to their projects. This enables them to develop, for example, a presentation on a particular part of the project which they must present to the other members of their group at the end of their course.


Here in the UK we have just survived another Easter. This traditionally Christian festival, celebrating the last week of Lent, is often called Holy Week in other countries.
Here we celebrate not only the Christian festival, but also the arrival of Spring, using eggs and rabbits as typical motifs. Over time both the eggs and rabbits have changed from being real to being made of chocolate, with children typically having a treasure hunt on Easter Sunday in order to find their prizes.
The word “Easter” developed from the Old English word ?astre or ?ostre. She was a pagan Goddess, possibly of fertility (hence the symbols of eggs and rabbits). This is also where the word “oestrogen” comes from.
Easter is also a time when British schoolchildren have two weeks’ holiday, something not all parents look forward too! It is also a time when many people take a holiday, either in the UK or by flying off to find some sunshine abroad. Unfortunately, just because Easter heralds the arrival of Spring it doesn’t mean the weather gets any better. This year we had the coldest Easter on record!

Phrase of the Month
Batten down the hatches

To prepare for trouble.
In his song Tempest (September 2012 release), which recounts the story of the Titanic's sinking, Bob Dylan uses the lines:
They battened down the hatches
But the hatches wouldn't hold
“Hatch” is one of those words with dozens of meanings in the dictionary. In this case it means the “opening in the deck of a ship.” Ships' hatches, more formally called hatchways, were commonplace on sailing ships and were normally either open or covered with a wooden grating to allow for ventilation of the lower decks. When bad weather was imminent, the hatches were covered with a tarpaulin and the covering was edged with wooden strips, known as battens, to prevent it from blowing off. Not surprisingly, sailors called this 'battening down'.
The earliest known reference to this practice is in William Falconer's An Universal Dictionary of the Marine, 1769:
“The battens serve to confine the edges of the tarpaulings close down to the sides of the hatches.”
The first citation of the explicit use of the phrase 'batten down the hatches' is from the 1883 Chambers Journal:
"Batten down the hatches - quick, men."
So in modern usage it’s a metaphor used to warn people to prepare for some unpleasant happening or event, or just for bad weather.