Newsletter October 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 – PON Italy

This year PON funding was made available to schools in the whole of Italy which has meant that students have had the opportunity to study and/or do work experience abroad. The entry requirement for students was B1 level English. As a result, groups of 15 students have been travelling to different countries this year including to Conlan Abergele and Chester. The courses have lasted 3-4 weeks. Through the immersion of working in UK companies and living with families, the courses have aimed to move students from B1 towards B2 English and to give students experience in their field of study. Sectors that we have placed students in this year have included Mechatronics, Science, IT, Tourism and Electrotechnics. We have very much enjoyed taking part in these projects this year and wish the participants every success in their future careers.

EFL topics - Immersion in English language

Immersion in second language learning can be classified as joining the culture of the language you are learning. This can be done several ways including – watching movies, listening to music, reading books, following media, or even eating food from the country of the language you are learning. Immersion gives learners the opportunity to be exposed to natural models of language they are learning on a regular basis, through a number of contexts, and in a way that goes beyond the classroom and textbooks.
Personally, I have seen students greatly benefit from doing immersive activities, as they not only learn the language they also learn about culture, which helps them to be more natural and fluent in the language they are learning. At Conlan a number of immersive courses and activities can be observed which greatly benefit our learners, such as a group of students playing football against some Welsh students, or students doing work experience placements while living with an English-speaking family and experiencing a British society and the culture that goes with it.

What’s on - Christmas in the UK

You might think that the UK is not a place to visit in the winter but the build up to Christmas is magical here in the UK. As a nation, we love Christmas. The cities, towns and villages light up with Christmas decorations in shops and in (and on!) houses. We are so crazy and proud about decorations that shops rows and streets compete with each other to gain the best decorated building! In the cities, traders set up markets and stalls that tourists love to visit for gifts, to eat some festive food or just to soak up the Christmas ambience. In pubs, people meet up for Christmas dinners (turkey, Christmas pudding, mince pies) to celebrate with friends or colleagues. Groups coming to the UK can experience this wonderful season of family and friends. Far from being cold and miserable, as long as you have a woolly hat and scarf, Christmas makes the country warm and joyful!

Phrase of the month

‘boils down to’ – if a situation or problem boils down to something, that is the main reason for it.
‘His success boils down to his hard-work and integrity.’