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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.

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.