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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 with the 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 opinion 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.

15th YALS In-house Seminar in Centar Britannica Niš

15th YALS In-house Seminar at Britannica, Niš

The 15th YALS in-house seminar was held on 2nd September, 2017. The event was called “Optimization of websites and digital marketing”, with the particular focus on optimization of language school websites for the internet search engines and use of social networks to promote foreign language learning. Centar Britannica Niš, the host of the seminar, celebrated their 10th anniversary on this day.
Emilija Ušćumlić-Ković, teacher and co-owner of the school held two workshops, and 26 colleagues from 14 member schools took part in this event.
The topic of the first workshop was what needs to be done to get the website on the first page of a search engine, while the second workshop dealt with modern social networks, particularly Facebook, and how to use them for business purposes.

The seminar was primarily aimed at school managers and secretaries, as they are most involved in marketing activities.

Here is some of participants’ feedback:

“I’d like to thank you for an exceptional workshop/seminar and hospitality. Thanks to Emilija’s skill, I got the clear and understandable idea of something that was pretty ambiguous” Livingston

“I congratulate you on the successful seminar! I wish you lots of success in further work, keep this enthusiasm and stay professional as always!” Oxford School Krusevac

“We would like to congratulate you on your well organized and useful seminar. Thank you for quality time spent with you and all our YALS friends”, Penguin English

14th YALS In-house Seminar at Blue Moon School in Kula

14th In-house YALS Seminar at Blue Moon School in Kula

 On 3rd June, 2017 Blue Moon School of English celebrated its 20th anniversary and hosted the 14th YALS In-house Seminar. Ten schools with 27 participants took part in this event called Rock-paper-scissors and covered 2 workshops. The presenter was Aleksandra Nađ from Blue Moon School.

The first one explored a precious well of resourceful activities with young learners. It was aimed at teachers working with those children and comprised creative moments in English teaching. Being interactive the workshop provided innovative ways of turning everyday objects and materials into didactic materials to be used in every phase of teaching and learning process. It was also a splendid opportunity to share ideas and experiences in a very positive and cooperative atmosphere.

The second workshop was for all teachers and involved the teacher-student rapport. It considered the character of certain types of teachers, their attitudes towards the teaching process and eventually towards students. The ideas how to strengthen a teacher’s character and how to face challenges in teaching, developed into an interesting discussion and a very fruitful exchange of good practice examples.

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.