Five Speakers from YALS at 15th ELTA Serbia Conference

Reported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

This year’s ELTA Serbia conference titled Awaken Your Curiosity, which took place in Belgrade on 19-20 May, will be remembered for exceptionally good cooperation between ELT professional associations from Serbia and other countries, as well as  the highest participation of YALS speakers so far at the most significant ELT event in Serbia.

As many as five speakers from three YALS member schools took part in this year’s ELTA conference with the following workshops / presentations:

  • Let’s Grow Together by Marija Pejatović, Oxford School, Leskovac
  • Storytelling with The Giving Tree by Jelena Spasić, Oxford School, Leskovac
  • Global Issues for Future Citizens of the World by Jovana Popović, Tom & Emma School, Belgrade
  • Aiming High with Gifted Language Learners by Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, Tom & Emma School, Belgrade,
  • The Art of Recycling by Katarina Andrić, Lingva School, Valjevo

The workshops aroused keen interest among the conference participants and initiated numerous invitations from partner-association representatives to YALS speakers to give presentations at their conferences.

This remarkable participation of YALS speakers was made possible by considerable financial support from EAQUALS, one of the most prominent YALS and ELTA’s sponsors  on this occasion. YALS stand was visited by a large number of conference participants, and YALS representatives took opportunity to promote EAQUALS as the leading international quality-assurance expert in language education.

Winners of YALS 2017 Literary & Multimedia Competition

Reported by: Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

This year too, in the month of April, YALS organized its traditional literary and multimedia competition for young students of its member schools at all levels. The general theme for multimedia creations was My Free Time Activities, while the topics for literary works were as follows:

A1 – My Favourite Animal
A2 – I love Summer
B1 – A story ending in “And then I heard a knock at the door…“
B2 – A letter to the teacher – Do you agree that students should wear school uniforms?
C1 – An essay on Online Shopping and the End of the High Street Shop
C2  – A letter to the editor on a problematic situation and how to deal with it

We had such an incredible group of contestants this year and thought that all are worthy of award recognition. YALS Jury, consisting of Coordinator Danijela Veljković,  from Penguin School, Jagodina, Dijana Kisić, Big Bird School, Belgrade, and Eva Bako, Blue Moon, Kula, had a difficult task of determining who would receive the prizes from YALS, so in many cases there are multiple winners.

As in the previous competitions, YALS will publicly praise the most successful authors and publish their works on its web site. The winners will also be awarded books and other surprise prizes.

Here are their masterpieces:

YALS 2017 Literary Competition Winners

YALS 2017 Multimedia Competition Winners


YALS Teachers Hold Workshops in Greece and Slovenia

Two teachers from the YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia – Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović and Jelena Spasić have recently been selected by ELTA-Serbia Association of Language Teachers of Serbia to represent it at two important regional and international events in Greece and Slovenia.
On 11 February 2017 Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović from Tom & Emma School, Belgrade, held a workshop titled “A Story to Tell… Use of Narrative in ELT” at the 24th TESOL Macedonia – Thrace Northern Greece Annual International Convention in Thessaloniki. A month later, she was followed by Jelena Spasić from Oxford School, Leskovac, who led a workshop under the name „Storytelling with The Giving Tree“ at 24th International IATEFL Slovenia Conference 2017 at Terme Topolšica on 11th March 2017.Both workshops were received with great interest and extremely positive feedback. The presenters took advantage of the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and develop new relationships with representatives of associations from different countries, which will be beneficial for all the parties involved.

Interview with Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović at 24th TESOLMTH Greece Conference 2017

Jelena Spasić’s workshop included in the Best 24th IATEFL Slovenia Conference 2017 Sessions

YALS Conference 2016: Fostering excellence in language education centres

Yals Chair Marija Pejatović opening Yals Conference 2016: "Fostering Excellence in Language Education Centres in Serbia" in Belgrade, on 15 October 2016

Yals Chair Marija Pejatović opening Yals Conference 2016: “Fostering Excellence in Language Education Centres in Serbia” in Belgrade, on 15 October 2016

Reported by Danijela Veljković

On 15 October, Yals, Association of Language Schools of Serbia, organised a conference titled ’’FOSTERING EXCELLENCE IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION CENTRES IN SERBIA’’ in Guarnerius Centre in Belgrade. The conference was supported by Eaquals, European Association for Quality Language Service, and was aimed at Private School Owners, Academic Managers, Directors of Studies and experienced teachers.

Marija Pejatović, Yals Chair, opened the conference, attended by around 120 people. The participants were also greeted by  the newly appointed British Council Director of Serbia, Clare Sears, who emphasized the importance of following the standards and maintaining the quality in foreign language schools in Serbia, and added that it was the main reason for a long-lasting cooperation between the British Council and Yals.

The main presenter was  Ludka Kotarska, Director of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services. The topics of her presentations were:

Fostering excellence in language education centres, and

The importance of CPD for an institution

A panel discussion was also held with the following participants: Aleksandra Pejatović, Ph.D, Associate Professor at Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Aleksandar Nedić, Services Sector Secretary, Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Josip Sobin, Jantar School Director; member of Language Association, Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Marija Pejatović, Yals Chair, was a moderator.

After the panel discussion, a short promotional film on quality in teaching and management in language schools in Serbia was shown. The name of the film is:  “DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD LANGUAGE SCHOOL?”, and its author is Predrag Todorović.

In the last part of our conference the participants enjoyed the examples of good practice from Yals, workshops prepared by our teachers:

Jelena Spasić, Senior Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Academic Director, Oxford School, Leskovac, ’’Storytelling with the Giving Tree’’

Katarina Andrić, Senior Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Lingva School,  Valjevo,  ’’Vocabulary Beats’’

Jovana Popović an,d Sofija Ljiljak Vukajlović, Senior Teachers and Teacher Trainers, Tom & Emma School , Belgrade,  ’’Aiming High with Video’’

YALS Conference 2016 Invitation

YALS Conference 2016
Dear Colleagues,
We have the pleasure of inviting you to a one day Seminar called
organised by YALS, the Association of Language Schools of Serbia and supported by Eaquals.
The seminar is aimed at Private School Owners, Academic Managers, Directors of Studies and experienced teachers.
This seminar will be held on 15th October, 2016
Venue: “GUARNERIUS” – Centar Lepih Umetnosti, Džordža Vašingtona 12, Beograd.
The main presenter will be:
Ludka Kotarska
Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Academic Manager and School Director
Director of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services.
Workshops will include:
♦ Fostering excellence in language education centres
♦ The importance of CPD for an institution
♦ Examples of good practice from YALS
The preliminary programme is for Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
We hope that you will join us in making this seminar a success.
Please fill in the registration form attached and email it to by 8th October.
Due to a limited number of seats, all registered will receive a confirmation by 12th October.
Looking forward to welcoming you at Guarnerius.
Most sincerely,
Marija Pejatović,
YALS Chair