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.
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.
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:
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.