YALS Teachers Complete the Second Round of Pedagogical and Andragogical Training in Active Methods of Teaching/Learning


On 12 and 13 September, YALS teachers gathered again for the second in the series of trainer developing skills seminars held by a group of experts from the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade – Aleksandra Pejatovic, PhD, Associate Professor, Violeta Orlović Lovren, PhD, Assistant Professor, as well as Dubravka Mihajlović and Edisa Kecap, Reasearch Assistants.

The seminar titled “Active Methods of Teaching/Learning“ was focused on developing trainer skills related to fundamental strategies and methods of teaching/learning, role of teachers with respect to active methods, observing various criteria in selecting appropriate methods, applying active methods in the context of taxonomy of educational outcomes, and using different ways of assessing achievement of educational outcomes in compliance with the applied methods of teaching/learning.

In addition to gaining insight in the big picture of theoretical foundations of active methods of teaching and learning, participants were also challenged to design the most suitable lessons using the given sets of methods and techniques, with the special emphasis on the specifics of teaching adults. This newly acquired knowledge and experience will certainly boost self-confidence and enhance the teachers’ quality of work, and the spin-offs from the workshops will soon be used in many English language classes of YALS teachers in places all over Serbia.

In line with the first event held in June 2014 and titled “Basic Trainer’s Skills”, this seminar also featured boundless creative energy, enthusiasm and readiness for sharing.

Remarkable Participation of YALS at 14th ELTA Conference 2016

Predstavnice YALS-a na 14. Konferenciji ELTA 2016

YALS representatives at 14th ELTA Conference 2016

Reported by Marija Pejatović

 ‘One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world’ by Malala Yousafzai was the moto of this year’s ELTA Conference. The Conference was held in the modern Singidunum University in Belgrade on 20 and 21 May, 2016.

Since YALS and ELTA have been partners for years, ELTA again generously gave us one free attendence for the conference.

YALS decided to be as visible as possible and thus we had our info desk once again this year. The info desk was our base and the meeting point for all YALS teachers and YALS friends. Also, it gave us a great opportunity to share information about our work with the interested professionals. We had a number of visitors, among whom, representatives of the Singidunum university who are interested in partnering with YALS within their new English language department. We met colleagues from Croatia who shared their experience in the process of accreditation. Our team had fantastic time talking to YALS sponsors who traditionally support our literary competition every year, Pearson and the English Book. Thanks to these friends of YALS, our annual competition has been growing each year and now it has a new, multimedia part in accordance with the 21 century children and their skills, and we are grateful for their support.

However, the most important part of ELTA Conference is the professional development and we can proudly say that this year, five teachers and teacher trainers from YALS had materials to share with their colleagues. Sofija Ljiljak Vukajlovic, teacher trainer from Tom & Emma school, had an interesting workshop on storytelling entitled A Story to Tell …. Using Narrative in ELT. Jovana Popovic, teacher trainer, also from Tom & Emma school, had another great workshop on Using Video in Classes – Fun for Both Students and Teachers. Lora Petronic Petrovic from Lingva, supported by her colleague Ivana Damjanović from the Faculty of Business, had a successful presentation on Self and Peer Assessment with Young Learners. One more YALS teacher, Jelena Spasic from Oxford School, who successfully finished ELTA’s seminar on Creative Writing, publicly read the story she had written on the course, and which was included in the resulting book published under the title Small Town Stories. In this publication, there is also a story from another YALS teachers, Katarina Andric from Lingva School.

All in all this was yet another successful ELTA Conference and we want to congratulate the organizers and also to use this opportunity to invite all interested professionals to the next big ELT event organized by YALS and supported by EAQUALS and the British Council in Belgrade, in October this year.

Eaquals 25th Anniversary Conference 2016

Marija Pejatović, predsatvnica YALS-a, pridruženog člana EAQUALS-a i Vesna Stakić, predstavnica škole Tom i Ema, jedine akreditovane članice EAQUALS-a iz Srbije

Marija Pejatović, representative of YALS, associate member of EAQUALS, and Vesna Stakić, representative of Tom & Emma School, the only accredited member of EAQUALS from Serbia

–reported by Marija Pejatović

Lisbon, Portugal

It was my great pleasure to represent YALS at Eaquals 25th anniversary conference held in magnificent Lisbon from Thursday 21 April until Saturday 23 April.

The Conference was attended by more than 270 delegates from over 40 countries – a record for Eaquals.

The conference was opened by the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Dr Augusto Santos Silva, who paid tribute to Eaquals’ work in raising standards in language education and highlighted the important role of language teaching in promoting better global understanding.

Thursday is usually an inspectors only day, but this time, we had an interesting oportunity to attend a whole-day training on management held by inspiring and vigorous George Pickering. He taught us not only how to manage ‘the monkey on our shoulder’ but also how to be efficent managers with some free time on our hands.

On Friday and Saturday the conference was organized around 5 general themes: Teaching and learning, Course design, CEFR and assessment, Staff development, Managing for quality and Business and marketing management.

I attended workshops mostly on Business and Marketing management since it is important for our schools to learn how to effectively and efficiently advertise on a low budget.

Evenings were reserved for social events and sightseeing tours and they were a great opportunity for networking with other members and learning about Lisbon and its wonderful people.

YALS 2016 Literary & Multimedia Competition

ilustracija za vest na sajtu yalsa tabelarni kolazReported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

The traditional YALS Literary Competition, accompanied with a parallel contest in multimedia project work, was held this year in April. Over 70 students from YALS member schools all over Serbia took part in the competition and the winners were officially announced on 26 April.

In the category of literary works, students were invited to write on themes set by language proficiency levels (A1 to C1), and the contestants in the multimedia category were asked to send a contribution on the general topic of “Me and My World“ in diverse formats – electronic posters and mental maps, slide presentations, oral presentation videos and – for the first time this year – electronically published Lego stories.

The contributions on the set topics were of the highest possible quality and it was not at all an easy task for the jury consisting of Dijana Kisić from Big Bird School, Belgrade, Eva Bako, Blue Moon, Kula, and Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović, Lingva, Valjevo to choose the best ones.
As in the previous competitions, YALS will publicly praise the most successful auhors and publish their works on its web site. The winners will also be awarded books and other surprise prizes.

Here are the names of this year’s winners and links to both literary works and multimedia projects:

YALS 16 Literary Competition Winners
YALS 16 Multimedia Competition Winners

13th YALS In-house Seminar: YALS Inspection Scheme Revisited

Presenters of 13th YALS In-house seminar Maja Gavrilović and Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, with one of participants

Presenters of 13th YALS In-house seminar Maja Gavrilović and Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, with one of participants

Reported by Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović

On 9th April 2016 the 13th YALS In-house Seminar on the topic of YALS Inspection Scheme Revisited was conducted,with a special focus on the academic aspect of foreign language school management. Presenters Maja Gavrilović Maksimović from Livingston School and Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović from Tom and Emma School held two workshops,Academic Management Inspection and Management in Teaching, with active support of their colleagues from other school members in the association. This time the seminar was hosted by New English School in Pančevo, which marked its 20thanniversary on this occasion.

The seminar was aimed at school principals, as well as directors of studies, senior teachers and mentors. This was an opportunity to share invaluable experience and examples of good practice in relation to the academic management of foreign language schools with the goal of maintaining high quality in teaching which is subject to rigorous and regular inspection.