YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia has recently welcomed a new associate member – English Only School from Zaječar, led by English language teacher Marina Jovanović . Following an initial review of professional standards for granting the status of associate membership, including the quality of teaching audit, conducted by an independent external inpector on 29.11.2019, it was found out that the school meets all the standards established by the YALS Managing Board and fulfils the requirements of a representative language school. We look forward to the opportunity of sharing our commitment to quality and professional expertise with our new member.
Reported by: Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović
In the month of May, YALS organized its traditional literary and multimedia competition for young students of its member schools at all CEFR levels. The general theme for multimedia creations was My World, while the topics for literary works were as follows:
A1: My Favourite Animal
A2: An Exciting Adventure
B1: It was a Fantastic Party
B2: Having heaps of money is as much of a problem as not having enough
C1: Language Learning in Your Country
C2: The only child in the family tends to be over-protected and spoilt
It was very difficult to choose the best from among the multitude of contributions. The YALS Jury, consisting of Coordinator Mirjana Lacić, from Oxford School of Kruševac, Biljana Barna from New English School of Pančevo and Dijana Kisić from Big Bird School of Belgrade had a complex task of determining YALS award winners, so in many cases there are multiple winners.
As in the previous competitions, the most successful authors will receive public recognition and their works will be published on YALS web site. The winners will also be awarded books and other surprise prizes.
Here are the young creators’ masterpieces:
Reported by Sofija LJiljak-Vukajlović
The spring Eaquals conference in 2019 was held in Madrid, Spain 11-13 April and was attended by three representatives from YALS schools: Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović from Tom & Emma School in Belgrade and Marija Pejatović and Jelena Spasić from Oxford School in Leskovac. We are proud to say that two representatives had the pleasure and honour to deliver their presentations for the first time at an Eaquals professional event.
Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović presented on behalf of YALS with the topic Aiming High With Gifted Learners, sharing strategies and activities she has used over the years in order to maintain the motivation of her gifted teenage language learners. Marija Pejatović was invited by the publishing house Pearson, as one of the Eaquals conference sponsors, to share her experience of using their online platform Global Scale of English in teaching young learners. She presented a case study, called Adopting the GSE to Improve Curricula for Young Learners. Both talks were very well received and the presenters lauded.
The first day, as usual, was reserved for the inspectors’ training. However, at the same time, there was a series of three sessions conducted by Maureen McGarvey, who spoke about managing performance management in larger language schools, from the point of view of a line manager working in between the school principal or owner and teachers themselves.
The second and third day were also fully booked with five different sessions simultaneously taking place in eight and six consecutive slots, respectively. This year the conference focused on five thematic strands: Language Teaching & Learning; Course Design, CEFR & Assessment; Staff Development; Leadership & Management and Business & Marketing Management. The objective was to enhance understanding for all those involved in international education and strengthen professional networks, both of which are crucial in an increasingly-competitive international educational environment.
The conference programme and resources, including all the presentations and handouts, can be found at this link:
Reported by Mirjana LJiljak-Vukajlović
The First Regional Conference of YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, titled YALS and Eaquals Day: Striving for Excellence was held on 23 March 2019 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš. The conference was supported by the Eaquals Member Event Fund 2019 for local and regional events and a special emphasis was placed on networking and professional cooperation with the partner associations from the region – MAQS, Macedonian Association for Quality Language Services, which was represented at the conference by Buzalkovska Vesna and Tanevska Elisaveta, and Optima, The Bulgarian Association of Quality Language Services, represented by Ananieva Yordanka, Kermendjeva-Dimirova Nikolina and Kermendjeva Teodora. This event was also supported by the Faculty of Philosophy of Niš University, represented by Nina Lazarević, Assistant Professor at the Department of English.
The overall theme of the conference were (extra)curricular activities aimed at increasing students’ and teachers’ motivation. The conference was opened by YALS Chair Marija Pejatović, who introduced the values and principles that YALS members stand for and cooperation with Eaquals, after which she gave a short overview of past YALS activites. This was followed by presentations of 11 teachers from 5 YALS schools – Ivan Petrić, Tijana Rakonjac and Vera Purić from Blackbird School, Čačak, Danijela Beljić and Lora Petronić Petrović from Lingva School, Valjevo, Jelena Spasić from Oxford School, Leskovac, Marina Stošić, Katarina Kostić and Anđelija Ognjanović from Penguin School, Jagodina, and Jovana Popović and Sofija LJijljak-Vukajlović from Tom & Emma School, Belgrade.
The diversity of specific topics and activities was enormous and the presenters radiated energy and enthusiasm. Their expertise and dedication left a lasting impression on the participants, whose evaluation of the conference was highly positive. Here are some of their comments:
- An interesting day – always good to broaden your horizons.
- Really useful seminar, I’ve enjoyed it. I’d love to come again.
- It’s been a real pleasure to spend this Saturday with you.
- This one was among the best YALS seminar ever! So many diverse ideas, approaches and so much dedication!
- Global Issues by Jovana Popović, Tom & Emma, Belgrade
- Humour Is No Laughing Matter by Danijela Beljić, Lingva, Valjevo
- Enlivening Learning with LEGO® Activities by Lora Petronić, Lingva, Valjevo
- Classroom in motion: Fun activities for kinaesthetic learning, Marina Stošić and Katarina Kostić, Penguin English
YALS Best Practices
- Cooking Academy, Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, Tom&Emma;
- TEDEd Club, Jelena Spasić, Oxford School;
- Storytelling, Anđelija Ognjanović Penguin English;
- School Trip Language Project, Ivan Petrić, Blackbird Language School;
- Digital Storytelling and Book Corner, Tijana Rakonjac and Vera Purić, Blackbird Language School
- Blackbird School Projects
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the First Regional Conference of YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, which will take place on 23 March 2019 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš. The conference is supported by the Eaquals Member Event Fund 2019 for local and regional events and a special emphasis will be placed on networking and professional cooperation with the partner associations from the region.
The Conference Registration Request and Programme are attached.
You are kindly requested to register by 15 March 2019. The number of places is limited. All accepted registrations will be confirmed by email.