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

YALS representative at 27th International Eaquals Conference

 

Reported by Marija Pejatović

The 27th International Conference, welcomed a record number of participants. It  was held in Prague from 26 – 28 April and YALS representative was Marija Pejatovic, YALS president.

The conference was officially opened by Eaquals Chair, Justin Quinn, who welcomed new members to the organisation and reflected on a year of growth, followed by an opening address by Professor Hana Machkova, Rector of the University of Economics, Prague.

It was announced during the conference AGM that Eaquals will launch a scholarship award scheme, which will enable Eaquals-accredited members  to benefit from funding to attend Eaquals conference in addition to the recently introduced  Teacher Award Scheme in recognition of the hard work and dedication required to be an outstanding teacher.

Three days of innovative presentations, workshops and discussions included a full day Management Training Workshop‘Managing to Succeed’, delivered by Fiona Dunlop.

The conference was an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and meet language professionals and experts from all over the world.

16th YALS Inhouse Seminar: Management Approach to Relationships in Educational Institutions

16th YALS Inhouse seminar: Management Approach to Relationships in Educational Institutions

— Reported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

On 17 March 2018, YALS school representatives had pleasure to attend the 16th YALS Inhouse Seminar, organised by Big Bird School from Belgrade, and titled Management Approach to Relationships in Educational Institutions, at Karađorđe Elementary School in Belgrade. The lecturers were Professor Šefika Alibabić, PhD, and  Professor Jovan Miljković, PhD, from the Andragogy Study Group, the Faculty of Philosophy of Belgrade University. The seminar centred on the three main topics:

– Organisational Culture as a Context of Creating Relationships
– Marketing Mix as a Function of Creating Relationships in an Organisation
– Managerial Skills as a Function of Managing Relationships in an Organisation

The lecturers provided a very useful input about the the different types of organisational cultures and their impact on educational organisations. The participants were given specific tasks to analyse the current position of their association, and its member schools, in the language teaching and learning market, and to agree on the most important strategies and measures to take in order to improve its image and competitiveness. The seminar activities also included discussing the importance of creating suitable work environment and dress codes, developing specific rituals and models of interaction between teachers and students/clients. Detailed SWOT and Differentiation analyses were done in order to find out unique selling points of YALS.

The seminar was conducted highly professionally, and it was especially interesting for the participants to look at their association from a different perspective, as well as to be given instruments to assess it more objectively.

The host of the 16th YALS inhouse seminar was Dijana Kisić, Director of Big Bird School in Belgrade, who once again did her best to immaculately organise this gathering and make it a memorable event for both the lecturers and the participants.

Erasmus+ Seminar “Teaching and Learning Enhanced“ held by YALS in Belgrade

YALS presenters at Erasmus+ Teaching&Learning Enhanced seminar, Belgrade, 28.10.17

Reported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

On 28 October 2017, a one-day seminar titled TEACHING AND LEARNING ENHANCED was held by YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia at Guarnerius Fine Arts Centre in Belgrade as part of a project within Erasmus +, an EU programme and a funding scheme designed to support activities in the field of education, training, youth and sport in the period 2014-2020.

The Seminar was officiallly opened by YALS Chair Marija Pejatović, who greeted the participants and introduced the seminar programme.

The first presentation Erazmus+ Funded Projects: Our Experience was given by Maja Gavrilović Maksimović , YALS General Secretary and Director of Livingston Language Centre, who described the process of applying for this scheme, the encountered challenges and the resulting benefits.

This introductory lecture was followed by the main seminar programme, presented by five YALS trainers and teachers. They shared with the participants their experience gained through the mobility programme within the project, which included training in two Erasmus+ accredited institutions: Executive Training Institute Malta in St Julian’s, Malta, and ELC School in Brighton, Great Britain:

Teaching and Learning Structures
Jelena Spasić, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Academic Manager, School Co-owner, Oxford School, Leskovac

Spice Up Your Lessons! 1/1
Milijana Mitić, Teacher, Livingston Language Centre, Belgrade

Spice Up Your Lessons! 1/2
Milana Papić, Teacher, Tom & Emma School, Belgrade

Spice Up Your Lessons! 2
Jovana Popović, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Tom & Emma School, Belgrade
Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Tom & Emma School, Belgrade

The seminar was attended by 76 participants who were exceptionally satisfied with the presentations and workshops and most of them rated the seminar as excellent, grateful that YALS have shared their ideas with others. Here are some of their opinions that they wrote on the evaluation sheets:

“Presenters well prepared with new teaching ideas and suggestions; specific activities; wide range of activities;useful and fun at the same time.”
“Best seminar ever because the ideas can be used in the classroom; useful ideas”
“Workshops are modern and productive.”
“Time passed so quickly due to the participation of everyone.”
“Thank you for motivating our lessons!”

 

YALS at First International ADRIES 2017 Conference

 

Reported by Marija Pejatović

ADRIES 2017 is an annual conference for school owners, managers, teachers and teacher trainers, researchers and innovators and is the first of this kind in the region. This conference was focused on the English language teaching and foreign language schools, the use of modern technologies in school management, business development and teaching methodologies.

YALS representatives, Maja Gavrilović Maksimović, Jelena Spasić, Marija Pejatović and Ljubomir Vasojević actively participated in the first ADRIES 2017 organized in picturesque Split, from 13 to 15 October, 2017.

The Conference theme was ‘Language schools and academic excellence in the digital age’, and there were about 80 participants from various educational institutions from the EU and region.

The aim of the Conference was to foster changes in education in accordance with the dynamic demands of contemporary society with the use of all available sources of knowledge, first of all modern technologies.

The presenters were respectable experts from Cambridge, Oxford, Barcelona, Athens and hosts from Split, Amber IT Solutions and Jantar school.

Apart from the possibility to find out what is the latest in the world of foreign language teaching, this Conference was an excellent opportunity for us to learn from our host’s experience about the Erasmus projects implementation, to get to know potential partners for future projects, but also to remember the beauties of Split and kind and hospitable people living in it.