by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović
YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the British Council Serbia on implementation of “English for International Work – English for IT” Project in 24 towns in Serbia in the period from February to April 2012. The project is aimed at over 500 young people and it is the first of this kind to be done in Serbia.
The first group of project activities is related to organisation and execution of free face-to-face BC English for IT courses to 13 groups in Inđija, Kruševac, Kula, Loznica, Obrenovac, Babušnica, Valjevo, Bački Petrovac, Vrbas, Novi Pazar, Beograd Stari Grad, Novi Beograd, and Stara Pazova. Each group has 12 participants who have been selected by the local Youth Offices on the basis of YALS entrance test results.
The second group of project activities deals with preparation and moderation of free online BC English for IT courses for interested young people from the towns of Kragujevac, Krupanj, Blace, Zrenjanin, Prokuplje, Sombor, Nova Pazova, Sremska Mitrovica, Smederevska Palanka and Kraljevo, among others, organised in 20 groups with 20 participants each.
English for IT is a fifty-hour course aimed at adult / young adult learners of English at an A2 / B1 level. The course is organised around a series of workplace contexts in which knowledge of IT plays an important role. Learners focus on a range of key IT skills and applications for solving problems as well as grammar, vocabulary and language necessary for communicating confidently and effectively in English.
YALS has successfully cooperated with the British Council Belgrade for more than 12 years in the field of promoting quality language teaching and learning, as well as developing and maintaining high professional standards.