Olha Madylus began her teaching career as a secondary state school in the UK teaching English and Drama. She has been involved in YLELT for over 20 years, living, teaching and training in the UK, Hong Kong, Venezuela and Greece.
For the past four years she has been a freelance YL consultant and teacher trainer and is involved in the training of local state school teachers in countries as diverse as Peru, Qatar and Taiwan. She also does consultation and teacher training for the British Council global teaching network. In addition to all this she is a Cambridge ESOL CELTA and CELTYL trainer.
Olha is interested in the whole range of Young Learners from the age of 5 to 18, as well as all learners who are young at heart. She is particularly concerned with the role of motivation and challenge in learning.
She maintains an academic interest in YL Teaching through continuing participation at international conferences, delivering presentations at TesolArabia (Dubai), March 2003, MexTesol (Mexico), October 2003 and MATE (Moroccan Association of Teachers of English) April, 2004, IATEFL UK April 2005 and TESOL MacedoniaThrace (Greece), November 2005.
Olha contributes to publications such as English Teaching Professional and CATS, the IATEFL YL SIG newsletter.
She also works with Cambridge ESOL producing seminar materials on the YLE Tests and giving presentations worldwide for teachers and parents.