17th In-house YALS Seminar Held at Blackbird School in Čačak

Reported by LJubomir Vasojević

17th in-house YALS seminar was organised for the first time in Čačak, in Blackbird language school, one of the members of the Association. The title of the seminar was Team Development in Language Schools. A great number of school representatives supported the seminar with their attendance and active involvement in it.

With 35 people attending the seminar and two sessions, one being held by Josip Bošnjaković on the topic of Team Development, and the other held by Ljubomir Vasojević on the topic of Regional Initiatives and Teaching Quality, the seminar was marked as very successful and useful.

In the first session held by Josip Bošnjaković, the representative of NLP practice, the speaker dealt with improving the strategies of the leader’s roles in a team, and gave examples of good practice not only to the owners of private schools to strengthen the competences of their employees, but also for the teachers and their students.

The main objective of the second seminar held by Ljubomir Vasojević, the director of Blackbird language school, was to exchange experiences he gained at Adries, the international conference held in Split, Croatia, and also to present the project that his school has undergone through Erasmus Plus programme and the overall positive effect of Erasmus programmes.

After the sessions, the school organised the bonding part of the seminar, which included cruising on the river Morava and the participants used this time to make new friends and exchange experiences.

YALS representative at OPTIMA – Eaquals Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria

Reported by Marija Pejatović

Participation in the Erasmus Plus project made YALS more visible to the similar associations in the neighbouring countries and thus, YALS was kindly invited to participate in the annual OPTIMA Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on 29 and 30 June, 2018.

OPTIMA is a Bulgarian association for quality in language services and Eaquals associate member. Marija Pejatovic, YALS president, represented YALS at the Conference.

The Conference was organized in the City Center hotel in Sofia and the sessions were excellently chosen. The presenters were Julie Wallis, director of The London school in Thiene and Eaquals inspector, and Grzegorz Spievak, PhD,  honorary president and advisory board member of IATEFL Poland.

The title of the Conference was Trends in Academic Management and apart from giving the participants tools, tips and techniques for  successful academic management, the participants had a chance to discover how to maximise the impact they have on students’ learning.

The conference was supported by the British Council and Macmillan Education.

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new colleagues and  expand the network of language professionals internationally.

YALS teachers held workshops at ELTA Serbia 2018 Conference

Reported by Milana Papić
Translated by Milijana Petrović

During the two-day ELTA Serbia conference, ‘The Teacher’s Guide Though the ELT Galaxy’, The Association of Language Schools of Serbia YALS proved to be a successful participant, repeating its last year’s success at the conference.  Five teachers and teacher trainers, YALS school members, had their workshops on 11 and 12 May 2018 at the Teacher Education Faculty in Belgrade.

The participation of the YALS teachers and teacher trainers was part of the ‘Teaching and Learning Enhanced’ project within the Erasmus+ grant programme for the purpose of supporting the activities in the area of education and training, as well as in the area of youth education and sports in the period from 2014 to 2020.  YALS teachers shared their knowledge gained during the implementation of their mobility programmes with other ELTA participants from Serbia and other countries. These mobility programmes took place in two institutions accredited by Erasmus+, i.e. at Executive Training Institute Malta, in St.Julian’s, Malta and ELC School in Brighton, Great Britain.

Upon the opening statements and the first plenary session, teacher and teacher trainer Jelena Spasić held her workshop ‘Teaching and Learning Structures’. At the same time, teacher Milana Papić had her workshop named ‘Are you Human? How technology can facilitate vocabulary acquisition’.  During the second day of the conference Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, teacher and teacher trainer, had her workshop first, ‘Spice Up Your Reading Activities’, followed by teacher and teacher trainer Jovana Popović and her workshop ‘Vocabulary Revisited’ and teacher Milijana Mitic with ‘Gamification Strategies’.  Many ELTA participants attended all five workshops and they were introduced to new ideas easily applicable in our classrooms.

Just like every year, YALS had the information desk that was visited by many ELTA participants, just like our teachers’ workshops. YALS Chair, Marija Pejatovic and YALS teachers talked to the conference visitors interested in our association. They could also help themselves to our traditional, delicious YALS muffins.

YALS announces 2018 Literary & Multimedia Competition Winners

Reported by: Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

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 World, while the topics for literary works were as follows:

A1 – My favourite place
A2 – One thing I cannot live without
B1 – My best holiday
B2 – Are we too dependent on new technologies?
C1 – These days people live much longer than they used to
C2 –What do you think success can be attributed to?

This time again, a large number of students from YALS member schools sent their work and YALS Jury, consisting of Coordinator Danijela Karafilipović, teachers Marija Vojvodić and Milica Gojković from Centre Britannica Niš,  Jelena Spasić from Oxford School Leskovac and Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, from Tom & Emma School, Belgrade, had a difficult task in 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 their masterpieces:

YALS 2018 Literary Competition Winners

YALS 2018 Multimedia Competition Winners