Big YALS AND YALS Friends’ Promotional Drive with Delhaize Tempo

10 Aug – 13 Sep 2017



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:

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


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