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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

 

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.

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!”

 

Invitation to YALS Seminar: Teaching and Learning Enhanced

Dear Colleagues,

We have the pleasure of inviting you to a one day seminar called

TEACHING AND LEARNING ENHANCED

organised by YALS, the Association of Language Schools of Serbia
as part of the Erazmus + project. The presenters will share their experience gained through the mobility programme within the project.

This seminar will be held on 28th October 2017
“GUARNERIUS” – Centar Lepih Umetnosti, Džordža Vašingtona 12, Beograd.

The presenters will be:

Jelena Spasic, Milijana Mitic, Milana Papic, Jovana Popovic and Sofija Ljiljak–Vukajlovic, teachers and teacher trainers who participated in the Mobility Programme.

Workshops will include:

– Teaching and Learning Structures,
– Spice Up Your Lessons 1
– Spice Up Your Lessons 2

The preliminary programme is for Saturday from 10.00 – 16.00.
We hope that you will join us in making this seminar a success.

Looking forward to welcoming you at Guarnerius.

Most sincerely,

 

Marija Pejatović
YALS Chair

YALS Seminar Programme – Teaching & Learning Enhanced

YALS Registration Form – Teaching & Learning Enhanced

YALS, Kraljice Katarine 100, 11000 Beograd, Serbia; www.yals.rs