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YALS teachers held workshops at ELTA Serbia 2018 Conference

Reported by Milana Papić
Translated by Milijana Petrović

During the two-day ELTA Serbia conference, ‘The Teacher’s Guide Though the ELT Galaxy’, The Association of Language Schools of Serbia YALS proved to be a successful participant, repeating its last year’s success at the conference.  Five teachers and teacher trainers, YALS school members, had their workshops on 11 and 12 May 2018 at the Teacher Education Faculty in Belgrade.

The participation of the YALS teachers and teacher trainers was part of the ‘Teaching and Learning Enhanced’ project within the Erasmus+ grant programme for the purpose of supporting the activities in the area of education and training, as well as in the area of youth education and sports in the period from 2014 to 2020.  YALS teachers shared their knowledge gained during the implementation of their mobility programmes with other ELTA participants from Serbia and other countries. These mobility programmes took place in two institutions accredited by Erasmus+, i.e. at Executive Training Institute Malta, in St.Julian’s, Malta and ELC School in Brighton, Great Britain.

Upon the opening statements and the first plenary session, teacher and teacher trainer Jelena Spasić held her workshop ‘Teaching and Learning Structures’. At the same time, teacher Milana Papić had her workshop named ‘Are you Human? How technology can facilitate vocabulary acquisition’.  During the second day of the conference Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, teacher and teacher trainer, had her workshop first, ‘Spice Up Your Reading Activities’, followed by teacher and teacher trainer Jovana Popović and her workshop ‘Vocabulary Revisited’ and teacher Milijana Mitic with ‘Gamification Strategies’.  Many ELTA participants attended all five workshops and they were introduced to new ideas easily applicable in our classrooms.

Just like every year, YALS had the information desk that was visited by many ELTA participants, just like our teachers’ workshops. YALS Chair, Marija Pejatovic and YALS teachers talked to the conference visitors interested in our association. They could also help themselves to our traditional, delicious YALS muffins.

Invitation to YALS Seminar: Teaching and Learning Enhanced

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
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


Five Speakers from YALS at 15th ELTA Serbia Conference

Reported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

This year’s ELTA Serbia conference titled Awaken Your Curiosity, which took place in Belgrade on 19-20 May, will be remembered for exceptionally good cooperation between ELT professional associations from Serbia and other countries, as well as  the highest participation of YALS speakers so far at the most significant ELT event in Serbia.

As many as five speakers from three YALS member schools took part in this year’s ELTA conference with the following workshops / presentations:

  • Let’s Grow Together by Marija Pejatović, Oxford School, Leskovac
  • Storytelling with The Giving Tree by Jelena Spasić, Oxford School, Leskovac
  • Global Issues for Future Citizens of the World by Jovana Popović, Tom & Emma School, Belgrade
  • Aiming High with Gifted Language Learners by Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, Tom & Emma School, Belgrade,
  • The Art of Recycling by Katarina Andrić, Lingva School, Valjevo

The workshops aroused keen interest among the conference participants and initiated numerous invitations from partner-association representatives to YALS speakers to give presentations at their conferences.

This remarkable participation of YALS speakers was made possible by considerable financial support from EAQUALS, one of the most prominent YALS and ELTA’s sponsors  on this occasion. YALS stand was visited by a large number of conference participants, and YALS representatives took opportunity to promote EAQUALS as the leading international quality-assurance expert in language education.

YALS Teachers Hold Workshops in Greece and Slovenia

Two teachers from the YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia – Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović and Jelena Spasić have recently been selected by ELTA-Serbia Association of Language Teachers of Serbia to represent it at two important regional and international events in Greece and Slovenia.
On 11 February 2017 Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović from Tom & Emma School, Belgrade, held a workshop titled “A Story to Tell… Use of Narrative in ELT” at the 24th TESOL Macedonia – Thrace Northern Greece Annual International Convention in Thessaloniki. A month later, she was followed by Jelena Spasić from Oxford School, Leskovac, who led a workshop under the name „Storytelling with The Giving Tree“ at 24th International IATEFL Slovenia Conference 2017 at Terme Topolšica on 11th March 2017.Both workshops were received with great interest and extremely positive feedback. The presenters took advantage of the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and develop new relationships with representatives of associations from different countries, which will be beneficial for all the parties involved.

Interview with Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović at 24th TESOLMTH Greece Conference 2017

Jelena Spasić’s workshop included in the Best 24th IATEFL Slovenia Conference 2017 Sessions

Remarkable Participation of YALS at 14th ELTA Conference 2016

Predstavnice YALS-a na 14. Konferenciji ELTA 2016

YALS representatives at 14th ELTA Conference 2016

Reported by Marija Pejatović

 ‘One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world’ by Malala Yousafzai was the moto of this year’s ELTA Conference. The Conference was held in the modern Singidunum University in Belgrade on 20 and 21 May, 2016.

Since YALS and ELTA have been partners for years, ELTA again generously gave us one free attendence for the conference.

YALS decided to be as visible as possible and thus we had our info desk once again this year. The info desk was our base and the meeting point for all YALS teachers and YALS friends. Also, it gave us a great opportunity to share information about our work with the interested professionals. We had a number of visitors, among whom, representatives of the Singidunum university who are interested in partnering with YALS within their new English language department. We met colleagues from Croatia who shared their experience in the process of accreditation. Our team had fantastic time talking to YALS sponsors who traditionally support our literary competition every year, Pearson and the English Book. Thanks to these friends of YALS, our annual competition has been growing each year and now it has a new, multimedia part in accordance with the 21 century children and their skills, and we are grateful for their support.

However, the most important part of ELTA Conference is the professional development and we can proudly say that this year, five teachers and teacher trainers from YALS had materials to share with their colleagues. Sofija Ljiljak Vukajlovic, teacher trainer from Tom & Emma school, had an interesting workshop on storytelling entitled A Story to Tell …. Using Narrative in ELT. Jovana Popovic, teacher trainer, also from Tom & Emma school, had another great workshop on Using Video in Classes – Fun for Both Students and Teachers. Lora Petronic Petrovic from Lingva, supported by her colleague Ivana Damjanović from the Faculty of Business, had a successful presentation on Self and Peer Assessment with Young Learners. One more YALS teacher, Jelena Spasic from Oxford School, who successfully finished ELTA’s seminar on Creative Writing, publicly read the story she had written on the course, and which was included in the resulting book published under the title Small Town Stories. In this publication, there is also a story from another YALS teachers, Katarina Andric from Lingva School.

All in all this was yet another successful ELTA Conference and we want to congratulate the organizers and also to use this opportunity to invite all interested professionals to the next big ELT event organized by YALS and supported by EAQUALS and the British Council in Belgrade, in October this year.