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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 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.

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.

YALS Conference 2016: Fostering excellence in language education centres

Yals Chair Marija Pejatović opening Yals Conference 2016: "Fostering Excellence in Language Education Centres in Serbia" in Belgrade, on 15 October 2016

Yals Chair Marija Pejatović opening Yals Conference 2016: “Fostering Excellence in Language Education Centres in Serbia” in Belgrade, on 15 October 2016

Reported by Danijela Veljković

On 15 October, Yals, Association of Language Schools of Serbia, organised a conference titled ’’FOSTERING EXCELLENCE IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION CENTRES IN SERBIA’’ in Guarnerius Centre in Belgrade. The conference was supported by Eaquals, European Association for Quality Language Service, and was aimed at Private School Owners, Academic Managers, Directors of Studies and experienced teachers.

Marija Pejatović, Yals Chair, opened the conference, attended by around 120 people. The participants were also greeted by  the newly appointed British Council Director of Serbia, Clare Sears, who emphasized the importance of following the standards and maintaining the quality in foreign language schools in Serbia, and added that it was the main reason for a long-lasting cooperation between the British Council and Yals.

The main presenter was  Ludka Kotarska, Director of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services. The topics of her presentations were:

Fostering excellence in language education centres, and

The importance of CPD for an institution

A panel discussion was also held with the following participants: Aleksandra Pejatović, Ph.D, Associate Professor at Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Aleksandar Nedić, Services Sector Secretary, Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Josip Sobin, Jantar School Director; member of Language Association, Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Marija Pejatović, Yals Chair, was a moderator.

After the panel discussion, a short promotional film on quality in teaching and management in language schools in Serbia was shown. The name of the film is:  “DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD LANGUAGE SCHOOL?”, and its author is Predrag Todorović.

In the last part of our conference the participants enjoyed the examples of good practice from Yals, workshops prepared by our teachers:

Jelena Spasić, Senior Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Academic Director, Oxford School, Leskovac, ’’Storytelling with the Giving Tree’’

Katarina Andrić, Senior Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Lingva School,  Valjevo,  ’’Vocabulary Beats’’

Jovana Popović an,d Sofija Ljiljak Vukajlović, Senior Teachers and Teacher Trainers, Tom & Emma School , Belgrade,  ’’Aiming High with Video’’

Eaquals 25th Anniversary Conference 2016

Marija Pejatović, predsatvnica YALS-a, pridruženog člana EAQUALS-a i Vesna Stakić, predstavnica škole Tom i Ema, jedine akreditovane članice EAQUALS-a iz Srbije

Marija Pejatović, representative of YALS, associate member of EAQUALS, and Vesna Stakić, representative of Tom & Emma School, the only accredited member of EAQUALS from Serbia

–reported by Marija Pejatović

Lisbon, Portugal

It was my great pleasure to represent YALS at Eaquals 25th anniversary conference held in magnificent Lisbon from Thursday 21 April until Saturday 23 April.

The Conference was attended by more than 270 delegates from over 40 countries – a record for Eaquals.

The conference was opened by the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Dr Augusto Santos Silva, who paid tribute to Eaquals’ work in raising standards in language education and highlighted the important role of language teaching in promoting better global understanding.

Thursday is usually an inspectors only day, but this time, we had an interesting oportunity to attend a whole-day training on management held by inspiring and vigorous George Pickering. He taught us not only how to manage ‘the monkey on our shoulder’ but also how to be efficent managers with some free time on our hands.

On Friday and Saturday the conference was organized around 5 general themes: Teaching and learning, Course design, CEFR and assessment, Staff development, Managing for quality and Business and marketing management.

I attended workshops mostly on Business and Marketing management since it is important for our schools to learn how to effectively and efficiently advertise on a low budget.

Evenings were reserved for social events and sightseeing tours and they were a great opportunity for networking with other members and learning about Lisbon and its wonderful people.