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First Regional Conference of YALS held in Niš

Marija Pejatović, Chair of YALS, opening the First Regional Conference of YALS in Niš, on 23 March 2019

Reported by Mirjana LJiljak-Vukajlović

The First Regional Conference of YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, titled YALS and Eaquals Day: Striving for Excellence was held on 23 March 2019 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš. The conference was supported by the Eaquals Member Event Fund 2019 for local and regional events and a special emphasis was placed on networking and professional cooperation with the partner associations from the region – MAQS, Macedonian Association for Quality Language Services, which was represented at the conference by Buzalkovska Vesna and Tanevska Elisaveta, and Optima, The Bulgarian Association of Quality Language Services, represented by Ananieva Yordanka, Kermendjeva-Dimirova Nikolina and Kermendjeva Teodora. This event was also supported by the Faculty of Philosophy of Niš University, represented by Nina Lazarević, Assistant Professor at the Department of English.

The overall theme of the conference were (extra)curricular activities aimed at increasing students’ and teachers’ motivation. The conference was opened by YALS Chair Marija Pejatović, who introduced the values and principles that YALS members stand for and cooperation with Eaquals, after which she gave a short overview of past YALS activites. This was followed by presentations of 11 teachers from 5 YALS schools – Ivan Petrić, Tijana Rakonjac and Vera Purić from Blackbird School, Čačak, Danijela Beljić and Lora Petronić Petrović from Lingva School, Valjevo, Jelena Spasić from Oxford School, Leskovac, Marina Stošić, Katarina Kostić and Anđelija Ognjanović from Penguin School, Jagodina, and Jovana Popović and Sofija LJijljak-Vukajlović from Tom & Emma School, Belgrade.

The diversity of specific topics and activities was enormous and the presenters radiated energy and enthusiasm. Their expertise and dedication left a lasting impression on the participants, whose evaluation of the conference was highly positive. Here are some of their comments:

  • An interesting day – always good to broaden your horizons.
  • Really useful seminar, I’ve enjoyed it. I’d love to come again.
  • It’s been a real pleasure to spend this Saturday with you.
  • This one was among the best YALS seminar ever! So many diverse ideas, approaches and so much dedication!

Presentations

YALS Best Practices

  • Cooking Academy, Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, Tom&Emma;
  • TEDEd Club, Jelena Spasić, Oxford School;
  • Storytelling, Anđelija Ognjanović Penguin English;
  • School Trip Language Project, Ivan Petrić, Blackbird Language School;
  • Digital Storytelling and Book Corner, Tijana Rakonjac and Vera Purić, Blackbird Language School
  • Blackbird School Projects

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.