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YALS becomes IATEFL Associate Member

YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia has recently become an IATEFL Associate Member.  Besides individual membership of YALS teachers in ELTA Serbia, and associate membership of YALS in Eaquals (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality in Language Services),  this is the third ELT organisation that YALS has joined. IATEFL, which was founded as far back as 1967, is one of the largest and most representative teaching associations in the world.

We look forward to our cooperation with IATEFL, which will help us build better networking capacities, advance our knowledge and share experiences with colleagues from all over the world.

YALS Chair Marija Pejatović is due to attend the 55th International Conference and Exhibition of IATEFL in Belfast from 17-20th May, one of the largest international ELT events, which is  attended by more than 3,000 professionals from over 100 countries.

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.

English Only school from Zaječar joins the ranks of YALS


Reported by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović

YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia has recently welcomed a new associate member – English Only School from Zaječar, led by  English language teacher Marina Jovanović . Following an initial review of professional standards for granting the status of associate membership, including the quality of teaching audit,  conducted  by  an independent external inpector on 29.11.2019,  it was found out that the school meets all the standards established by the YALS Managing Board and fulfils the requirements of a representative language school. We look forward to the opportunity of sharing our commitment to quality and professional expertise with our new member.

YALS Representatives give presentations at the Eaquals Annual International Conference in Madrid

Reported by Sofija LJiljak-Vukajlović

The spring Eaquals conference in 2019 was held in Madrid, Spain 11-13 April and was attended by three representatives from YALS schools: Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović from Tom & Emma School in Belgrade and Marija Pejatović and Jelena Spasić from Oxford School in Leskovac. We are proud to say that two representatives had the pleasure and honour to deliver their presentations for the first time at an Eaquals professional event.

Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović presented on behalf of YALS with the topic Aiming High With Gifted Learners, sharing strategies and activities she has used over the years in order to maintain the motivation of her gifted teenage language learners. Marija Pejatović was invited by the publishing house Pearson, as one of the Eaquals conference sponsors, to share her experience of using their online platform Global Scale of English in teaching young learners. She presented a case study, called Adopting the GSE to Improve Curricula for Young Learners. Both talks were very well received and the presenters lauded.  

The first day, as usual, was reserved for the inspectors’ training. However, at the same time, there was a series of three sessions conducted by Maureen McGarvey, who spoke about managing performance management in larger language schools, from the point of view of a line manager working in between the school principal or owner and teachers themselves.

The second and third day were also fully booked with five different sessions simultaneously taking place in eight and six consecutive slots, respectively.  This year the conference focused on five thematic strands: Language Teaching & Learning; Course Design, CEFR & Assessment; Staff Development; Leadership & Management and Business & Marketing Management. The objective was to enhance understanding for all those involved in international education and strengthen professional networks, both of which are crucial in an increasingly-competitive international educational environment.

The conference programme and resources, including all the presentations and handouts, can be found at this link:

https://www.eaquals.org/event/eaquals-international-conference-2019/

First Regional Conference of YALS held in Niš

Marija Pejatović, Chair of YALS, opening the First Regional Conference of YALS in Niš, on 23 March 2019

Reported by Mirjana LJiljak-Vukajlović

The First Regional Conference of YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, titled YALS and Eaquals Day: Striving for Excellence was held on 23 March 2019 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš. The conference was supported by the Eaquals Member Event Fund 2019 for local and regional events and a special emphasis was placed on networking and professional cooperation with the partner associations from the region – MAQS, Macedonian Association for Quality Language Services, which was represented at the conference by Buzalkovska Vesna and Tanevska Elisaveta, and Optima, The Bulgarian Association of Quality Language Services, represented by Ananieva Yordanka, Kermendjeva-Dimirova Nikolina and Kermendjeva Teodora. This event was also supported by the Faculty of Philosophy of Niš University, represented by Nina Lazarević, Assistant Professor at the Department of English.

The overall theme of the conference were (extra)curricular activities aimed at increasing students’ and teachers’ motivation. The conference was opened by YALS Chair Marija Pejatović, who introduced the values and principles that YALS members stand for and cooperation with Eaquals, after which she gave a short overview of past YALS activites. This was followed by presentations of 11 teachers from 5 YALS schools – Ivan Petrić, Tijana Rakonjac and Vera Purić from Blackbird School, Čačak, Danijela Beljić and Lora Petronić Petrović from Lingva School, Valjevo, Jelena Spasić from Oxford School, Leskovac, Marina Stošić, Katarina Kostić and Anđelija Ognjanović from Penguin School, Jagodina, and Jovana Popović and Sofija LJijljak-Vukajlović from Tom & Emma School, Belgrade.

The diversity of specific topics and activities was enormous and the presenters radiated energy and enthusiasm. Their expertise and dedication left a lasting impression on the participants, whose evaluation of the conference was highly positive. Here are some of their comments:

  • An interesting day – always good to broaden your horizons.
  • Really useful seminar, I’ve enjoyed it. I’d love to come again.
  • It’s been a real pleasure to spend this Saturday with you.
  • This one was among the best YALS seminar ever! So many diverse ideas, approaches and so much dedication!

Presentations

YALS Best Practices

  • Cooking Academy, Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, Tom&Emma;
  • TEDEd Club, Jelena Spasić, Oxford School;
  • Storytelling, Anđelija Ognjanović Penguin English;
  • School Trip Language Project, Ivan Petrić, Blackbird Language School;
  • Digital Storytelling and Book Corner, Tijana Rakonjac and Vera Purić, Blackbird Language School
  • Blackbird School Projects