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YALS starts implementing US-grant project for local government employees

On 4th October, English language courses for employees of local governments were started as part of a project of YALS Association of English Language Schools under the sponsorship of the America Embassy in Belgrade.

The project is titled Teaching English to Serbian civil servants working at local government units with the focus on practical skills needed to communicate more fluently with EU counterparts. It will be implemented from September 2021 to June 2022 and it includes 130 participants from 11 cities and towns selected from all over Serbia. The project is managed by the YALS project team consisting of:

Sofija LJiljak-Vukajlović, Project Manager
Mirjana Grandov Lacić, Project Coordinator
Danijela Karafilipović, Project Accountant

For this purpose, the YALS team for ELT/L material design has compiled a special handbook called Skills Booster, which covers the functional language and skills relevant to the situations in the work of civil servants, such as creating a CV, active participation in meetings, writing formal emails/letters, creating and giving presentations and use of helpful digital tools, within the topics related to communal, urbanistic and economic activities, as well as the cultures of European Partners, USA and Serbia.

The first lessons were successful, with a lot of teacher enthusiasm and student motivation, and the impressions are highly positive. “This is exactly what we need”, “What we lacked is a solid language revision like this one” ” and “Now we can clarify all our language doubts” – those were some of the students’ comments after the lessons held.

5th YALS online meetup for first and second graders

Fifth YALS spring online meetup for first and second graders

Reported by Milica Gojkovic and Marija Vojvodic

The 5th YALS workshop was meant for the youngest and the cutest students. It was held in the early afternoon on 4th June, and Centar Britannica had the pleasure of being the ’virtual’ host of about 25 young learners from Leskovac, Valjevo and Nis.

Teachers Milica Gojkovic and Marija Vojvodic, with the wholehearted technical and logistical support of Jovana Kostic, guided the students through dance, story and various language and logical activities.

In a somewhat noisy, but most certainly active work environment, the primary students had an opportunity to show off their knowledge of action verbs and animals, their spelling (even reading) and acting skills, but also to learn at least a few new words watching a funny story about a sloth and a rabbit.

Thanks everyone for being so active, cheerful and easy to work with!

4th YALS online spring meetup for 7th and 8th graders

4th YALS online spring meetup for 7th and 8th graders

Reported by Jovana Kostić

On Friday, 30 May, 7th and 8th graders had the opportunity to participate in the fourth joint lesson organized for Yals schools.
Students were led through the murder mystery by teachers from Britannica Niš, Jovana Kostić, Marija Vojvodić, and Milica Gojković.
Their main task was to find out the name of the victim, the name of the murder weapon, and the name of the murderer through various interesting exercises.
while solving the mystery, the students practiced their listening, speaking, and reading skills, and they revised modal verbs of prediction.

Britannica team would like to thank all the students and the teachers from 4 different schools, Oxford School Leskovac, Lingva Valjevo, Lingva Belgrade, Livingston Belgrade, who attended the joint lesson.

Third YALS online spring meetup for teenagers

3rd YALS online spring meetup for teenagers

Reported by Jelena Spasić

The third YALS online spring meetup, organized by Oxford School Leskovac and led by teacher Jelena Spasic, took place on Wednesday, 27th May. The topic of the workshop was Media Literacy and the materials used were part of the Fulbright TEA Program that teacher Jelena attended during February and March, 2020 at Kent State University, Ohio, the USA. Around 20 teenagers from Belgrade, Valjevo, Kula, Nis and Leskovac gladly participated in the discussions showing a great level of fluency as well as critical thinking. They did a poll about how much they use different media, watched a video and played an interactive online game all with the aim to find out as much as possible, within the 60 minutes of the workshop, about media literacy, informative news and propaganda and the importance of distinguishing between the real and fake news.

Many thanks to all the students who actively took part in the workshop as well as to all the teachers for their selfless support and collaboration.

Second YALS online spring meetup for 4th graders

2nd YALS online spring meetup for 4th graders

Reported by Marina Jovanović

On Tuesday, 26 May, more than 30 students from 6 different cities gladly took the opportunity to attend another joint lesson organised for Yals schools.This time, the pupils (4th graders and 5th graders) introduced themselves and practised giving personal information about their daily lives and routines. They practised forming different questions, listened to a song and worked together on different problems or “strange events” by choosing questions relevant to each particular situation.

Marina Jovanovic, who planned and hosted this lesson, would like to thank all the other teachers who attended and observed the lesson and stayed behind after the lesson to provide their invaluable feedback.

Many thanks to all the pupils who took part in this lesson, and a special thanks to all the pupils at English Only Zaječar.