YALS Representative at EAQUALS Members’ Meeting in Nice

Reported by Marija Pejatović

20 – 21 November, 2015, Nice, France

Eaquals is a world leader in accreditation for language teaching organizations, and YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, being one of the associate members together with Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes, British Council, Cambridge English and others, had its representative at this event.
The conference sessions were organized in 4 themes: Classroom Practice, Quality Management, Course Design, Assessment and the CEFR and Business and Marketing Management.
Although the highlight of the conference were great plenaries packed with useful information, in the second part of the conference I chose to attend parallel workshops on two of the topics.
The first one was Creating a School Policy for Digital Technology in which the presenters examined the current attitudes of schools towards digital technology in the classroom and raised awareness of the steps schools should take to initiate it.
The next workshop was on Lesson Observation for Quality control and Continuous Professional Development. We were informed about different observation models using non-threatening approaches, for example through video.
On the second day, I attended two connected workshops on the topic of Using the internet and/or new technologies in language learning. Fantastic presenters, especially Julie Wallis, gave us a selection of online tools and websites which can help us not only enhance learning but also save time, liven up traditional activities and motivate self-study.
Together with the IATEFL, Eaquals events are the event of the year and we can proudly say that YALS was officially invited to present at the International Conference marking Eaquals 25th anniversary in Portugal next year.