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15th YALS In-house Seminar in Centar Britannica Niš

15th In-house YALS Seminar at Britannica Niš

reported by Danijela Karafilipović

The 15th YALS in-house seminar was held on 2nd September, 2017. The event was called “Optimization of websites and digital marketing”, with the particular focus on optimization of language school websites for the internet search engines and use of social networks to promote foreign language learning. Centar Britannica Niš, the host of the seminar, celebrated their 10th anniversary on this day.

Emilija Ušćumlić-Ković, teacher and co-owner of the school held two workshops, and 26 colleagues from 14 member schools took part in this event.

The topic of the first workshop was what needs to be done to get the website on the first page of a search engine, while the second workshop dealt with modern social networks, particularly Facebook, and how to use them for business purposes.

The seminar was primarily aimed at school managers and secretaries, as they are most involved in marketing activities:

“I’d like to thank you for an exceptional workshop/seminar and hospitality. Thanks to Emilija’s skill, I got the clear and understandable idea of something that was pretty ambiguous”  Livingston

“I congratulate you on the successful seminar!  I wish you lots of success in further work, keep this enthusiasm and stay professional as always!” Oxford School Krusevac

“We would like to congratulate you on your well organized and useful seminar. Thank you for quality time spent with you and all our YALS friends”, Penguin English

Big YALS AND YALS Friends’ Promotional Drive with Delhaize Tempo

BIG YALS AND YALS FRIENDS’ PROMOTIONAL DRIVE IN COOPERATION WITH  DELHAIZE TEMPO
10 Aug – 13 Sep 2017

30-50% DISCOUNT ON ONE MONTH MEMBERSHIP FEE !

FOR ALL TEMPO CUSTOMERS WITH OVER ONE THOUSAND DINAR RECEIPT

During this event  promotional presentations of language cshools – drive participants will be organised at  Tempo centres  so that you could better familiarize yourself with their work and programmes. The discount shall only apply to the first month of membership fee, after which the usual commercial terms of each individual language school shall apply.   The necessary information relating to languge schools in your town can be found at:

http://yals.rs/tempo-akcija

14th YALS In-house Seminar at Blue Moon School in Kula

14th In-house YALS Seminar at Blue Moon School in Kula

 On 3rd June, 2017 Blue Moon School of English celebrated its 20th anniversary and hosted the 14th YALS In-house Seminar. Ten schools with 27 participants took part in this event called Rock-paper-scissors and covered 2 workshops. The presenter was Aleksandra Nađ from Blue Moon School.

The first one explored a precious well of resourceful activities with young learners. It was aimed at teachers working with those children and comprised creative moments in English teaching. Being interactive the workshop provided innovative ways of turning everyday objects and materials into didactic materials to be used in every phase of teaching and learning process. It was also a splendid opportunity to share ideas and experiences in a very positive and cooperative atmosphere.

The second workshop was for all teachers and involved the teacher-student rapport. It considered the character of certain types of teachers, their attitudes towards the teaching process and eventually towards students. The ideas how to strengthen a teacher’s character and how to face challenges in teaching, developed into an interesting discussion and a very fruitful exchange of good practice examples.

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