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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.

YALS Conference 2016 Invitation

YALS Conference 2016
Dear Colleagues,
We have the pleasure of inviting you to a one day Seminar called
organised by YALS, the Association of Language Schools of Serbia and supported by Eaquals.
The seminar is aimed at Private School Owners, Academic Managers, Directors of Studies and experienced teachers.
This seminar will be held on 15th October, 2016
Venue: “GUARNERIUS” – Centar Lepih Umetnosti, Džordža Vašingtona 12, Beograd.
The main presenter will be:
Ludka Kotarska
Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Academic Manager and School Director
Director of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services.
Workshops will include:
♦ Fostering excellence in language education centres
♦ The importance of CPD for an institution
♦ Examples of good practice from YALS
The preliminary programme is for Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
We hope that you will join us in making this seminar a success.
Please fill in the registration form attached and email it to seminari@yals.rs by 8th October.
Due to a limited number of seats, all registered will receive a confirmation by 12th October.
Looking forward to welcoming you at Guarnerius.
Most sincerely,
Marija Pejatović,
YALS Chair

Carol Read’s seminar organized by YALS and British Council arouses great interest

Carol Read with YALS representatives, Belgrade, 21.11. 2015

Carol Read with YALS representatives, Belgrade, 21.11. 2015

Reported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

On 21 November 2015 a seminar entitled “Creativity inspires both teachers and students“ was held by Carol Read at the Sava Centre in Belgrade. This event, attended by more than 400 teachers from all over Serbia is one of many in the series of events organized jointly by YALS Association of Foreign Language Schools of Serbia and the British Council. It was formally opened by YALS representative Maja Gavrilović, who pointed out that within the framework of advancing quality language teaching and learning by maintaining professional standards for 16 years YALS has made a significant contribution to the continuing teacher training and development in Serbia. The gathering was also greeted by the newly appointed British Council Director of Serbia Clare Sears, who introduced the presenter Carol Read, current IATEFL Vice-president, author of the award-winning title 500 Activities in the Primary Classroom and teacher trainer.

The Seminar consisted of four sessions. In the first one named “The Concept of Creativity“ Carol Read searched for the definition of this elusive notion in the domain of teaching and learning. She explored questions of differences between creative teaching and teaching for creativity, as well as big ‘C’ and little ‘c’ creativity. This session also included the strategies for encouraging creativity in the classroom context. The second part of the seminar titled “How to promote creativity in your classroom“ focused on the methods and specific activities for stimulating creativity at different proficiency levels and ages of language learners. The next session was “The magic of story time“, which dealt with the reasons for using stories in ELT, practical classroom techniques, criteria for selecting stories and tips for reading or telling stories. In the final session called “The power of picture books“, Read talked about the impact of picture books on developing critical and creative thinking skills, intercultural competence and social responsibility, and demonstrated through practical examples how important they are in developing language skills and literacy.

The seminar was extremely positively evaluated by the participants – teachers from both state and private schools, ranging from novices to those with decades of experience. In addition to providing the participants with the valuable theoretical foundation for the importance of fostering creativity in language teaching and learning, Carol Read showed considerable hands-on teaching experience when she, among other things, demonstrated a series of kynesthetic activities for a fingerplay story about Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle, and she especially won the hearts of participants when she modelled how to characterize animals in the Sore Paw Story, for which she was awarded with long rapturous applause.

YALS and British Council Seminar with Carol Read Announcement

yals seminar 15
Dear Colleagues,

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the 2015 Seminar entitled

Creativity inspires both teachers and students,

organised by YALS, the Association of Language Schools of Serbia and the British Council.

This Seminar will be held on 21st November, 2015
at “SAVA CENTAR”, Hall 2 – Milentija Popovica 9, Belgrade

The Seminar will provide a platform for exchange of relevant experience while focusing on the following:

  • The concept of creativity
  • The promotion of creativity in a classroom
  • The magic of story time
  • The power of picturebooks

The presenter will be:

Carol Read
Teacher trainer,
Author of the award-winning title 500 Activities in the Primary Classroom,
Current IATEFL vice – president

The preliminary programme is for Saturday, 21st November, from 900 – 1615

It gives us great pleasure to invite representatives of the state sector (Ministry of Education, teachers from the state sector, relevant institutions) and the private sector (private language schools, associations, institutions) from Serbia and the countries in the region to participate in the forthcoming event.

There is no fee for the seminar.

We hope that you will join us in making this YALS and BC seminar a success.
Looking forward to welcoming you at Sava Centar.

Most sincerely,


Marija Pejatović
YALS Chair

YALS is an associate member of Eaquals.

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