Tag Archives: ELT/ELL

YALS awarded Eaquals funding again

Reported by: Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

One more time YALS Annual Conference proposal,  made by YALS Chair Marija Pejatović, has been accepted as part of the Eaquals Member Event Fund 2019 for local and regional events. The Conference will be held in Niš this time, as a regional event with a special emphasis on networking and professional cooperation with the partner associations from the region. It is the third time that YALS is to receive funding from Eaquals and a clear sign that our efforts towards enhancing quality of teaching and learning  continue to be recognized as consistent and effective by relevant European institutions.

Eaquals Member Event Fund for 2019

YALS holds 2018 Conference – From the Heart of England: Teaching Revisited

YALS Conference 2018 – From the Heart of England: Teaching revisited

Reported by Ivana Grujović

YALS Conference 2018 – From the Heart of England: Teaching Revisited took place at „Gvarnerius“ – Centre of Fine Arts in Belgrade on 24th November, 2018. The Conference was divided into two main parts, one being the exchange of experience gained through the application for Erasmus Plus programme, held by Ljubomir Vasojevic, the head of Blackbird Language School, which is participating in the programme, and Mike Hogan, the representative of York Associates, the partner organisation, who talked about their experience as course providers in Erasmus + programmes. The other part of the conference was held by the teachers of Blackbird Language School who held workshops and exchanged the practical ideas gained through the project. Blackbird Language School became a partner organisation of York Associates after the mobility, as a result of good cooperation in the project itself.

In the first session, Mike Hogan talked about ways of applying for Erasmus Plus programme, and their experience in the field. The session was marked as very useful by the participants, pointing out that the session provided good examples of practice and the insight into the courses York Associates provide.

The second session was held by Ljubomir Vasojević. In the engaging and useful session, as it was marked through the evaluation questionnaire, Ljubomir presented the experience he gained with his team through Erasmus Plus programme, providing all the steps they took that led to the success of the project.

As the sum-up, participants were exposed to Panel discussion in which they could ask any questions to the presenters and to Maja Gavrilović, as  a  former coordinator of  successfully completed YALS 2017 Erasmus Plus project. The participants of the seminar showed interest and enthusiasm for the future projects. Panel discussion was led by Marija Pejatovic, YALS President.

The session titled What Do We Mean by Culture? that followed was led by Mike Hogan, and it dealt with the importance of cultural awareness and the ways it can affect the communication. The participants gave positive feedback considering the presentation, the importance of the topic and effectiveness.

In the second part of the Conference, four teachers from Blackbird Language School, exchanged useful ideas and ready-made activities that teachers could use in their lessons. The first session was held by Milena Sredojevic and Marijana Ćendić and the topic of the presentation was Enliven Your Lessons, in which the presenters showed new ways of engaging students. The workshop was marked as highly useful and the ideas as applicable for the lessons.

„Practical, classroom ready!“
„Blackbird presenters were well-prepared, organized, enthusiastic and creative, yet speaking from immediate experience and generously shared their expertise with us. Thank you!“

The second session was held by Ivan Petrić and Ivana Grujović, with the accent on the usage of technology in the lessons. In their presentation The New Use of Technology, the presenters showed the usage of several applications and led the participants step by step through them. The presentation left good impression on the participants, who were engaged and interested in the activities, and the presentation was marked as very useful and practical.

„I like that they showed us the actual websites an went though options/commands.“
„Plenty of useful apps/websites that can be used for teaching“

The overall impressions of the seminar were positive, with the accent on good organisation, choice of topics and well prepared speakers.

„Very useful workshops with lots of practical ideas. Great info on how to take part in Erasmus plus.“
„Good speakers, well organised seminar.“

Blackbird Language School in Erasmus+ 2018 by Ljubomir Vasojević
Enliven Your Lessons by Milena Sredojević & Marijana Ćendić
Use of New Technologies by  Ivan Petrić & Ivana Grujović

 

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 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.