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16th YALS Inhouse Seminar: Management Approach to Relationships in Educational Institutions

16th YALS Inhouse seminar: Management Approach to Relationships in Educational Institutions

— Reported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

On 17 March 2018, YALS school representatives had pleasure to attend the 16th YALS Inhouse Seminar, organised by Big Bird School from Belgrade, and titled Management Approach to Relationships in Educational Institutions, at Karađorđe Elementary School in Belgrade. The lecturers were Professor Šefika Alibabić, PhD, and  Professor Jovan Miljković, PhD, from the Andragogy Study Group, the Faculty of Philosophy of Belgrade University. The seminar centred on the three main topics:

– Organisational Culture as a Context of Creating Relationships
– Marketing Mix as a Function of Creating Relationships in an Organisation
– Managerial Skills as a Function of Managing Relationships in an Organisation

The lecturers provided a very useful input about the the different types of organisational cultures and their impact on educational organisations. The participants were given specific tasks to analyse the current position of their association, and its member schools, in the language teaching and learning market, and to agree on the most important strategies and measures to take in order to improve its image and competitiveness. The seminar activities also included discussing the importance of creating suitable work environment and dress codes, developing specific rituals and models of interaction between teachers and students/clients. Detailed SWOT and Differentiation analyses were done in order to find out unique selling points of YALS.

The seminar was conducted highly professionally, and it was especially interesting for the participants to look at their association from a different perspective, as well as to be given instruments to assess it more objectively.

The host of the 16th YALS inhouse seminar was Dijana Kisić, Director of Big Bird School in Belgrade, who once again did her best to immaculately organise this gathering and make it a memorable event for both the lecturers and the participants.

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!”

 

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.

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

 

Announcing YALS TTD event: Teaching and Learning Enhanced

Traditional seminar for English language teachers to be organised by YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia.

Saturday, 28 October 2017 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Guarnerius Centre of Fine Arts
Džordža Vašingtona 12, Beograd

More details to follow soon!