Dr. Olga Klymenko

Acting Head of Educational and Socio-Economic Research Institute (ESERI)
Associate Professor of English
Educational and Socio-Economic Research Institute (ESERI)
Department of Education, Languages and Media

Dr. Olga Klymenko holds a university degree in language teaching and a doctoral degree in comparative linguistics. She has 27 years of experience with tertiary education, starting as a lecture in English at Lugansk University (Ukraine) 1995 and then moving to Donetsk National University (Ukraine), where she worked till 2014, progressing to Associate Professor of English.  Apart from teaching theoretical and practical courses of English and Linguistics, she supervised Master’s theses and was a member of the Doctoral Committee of the above university.

Dr. Klymenko joined University of Seychelles in October 2014. Since 2015 she has held the position of an Associate Professor at the Department of Languages and Media. From 2016 to 2022 she was the Assistant Head of this Department, responsible for Media and Communication direction. As part of this duty, she coordinated the development of the Diploma in Journalism, the first local media programme offered at the university level in the Seychelles. From 2019 to 2022 Dr Klymenko was the Head of this programme when it was run for the first cohort of students. She also coordinated the development of BEd English, which was successfully certified by Seychelles Qualifying Authority and is currently offered at UniSey. In February 2022, Dr Klymenko was given the responsibility of Acting Head of the Education and Socio-Economic Research Institute at UniSey.

Dr. Klymenko has been lecturing on a wide range of courses from level 4 to 6 for various programmes at UniSey (the Diploma in Journalism, BA English, BEd English, Master`s of Educational Leadership). She facilitated such courses as Introduction to English Language, Approaches to Text, Varieties of English, Language and Gender, Language and the Media, Postcolonial, American and Victorian Literature, English in the Context of Journalism, Academic Writing. The evidence of quality of her teaching is in successively high pass rates and positive students` evaluation in a number of cohorts.

As a senior academic, Dr. Klymenko is engaged in institutional governance: she is a member of the Senate and the Board of Arts and Social Development Faculty. She is also a member of two UniSey Senate Committees: The Research Committee and The International and Local Engagement Committee.

Dr Klymenko`s scientific interests are in the sphere of semantics, sociolinguistics, multilingualism and language typology (English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, Seychellois Creole). One of her recent projects, carried out in collaboration with Creole Language and Culture Research Institute at UniSey, was dealing with Seychellois Creole verbs descriptivity. The results of this project were reported in one local and two international conferences, and also in three publications (2018-2019) in scientific journals.   Dr Klymenko`s current project explores the impact of family and media on second Language English acquisition in small children in the Seychelles. Altogether, Dr. Klymenko has over 30 publications in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

Married, two children.



  • Lectures on a wide variety of courses (levels 4-6) for BA English, BEd English, Diploma in Journalism (English, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language and the Media, Language and Gender, Approaches to Text, Academic and Professional English); 
  • Supervises academic research (Master`s in Educational Leadership);  
  • Participates/leads research projects on education and linguistics (a link to CLCRI projects); 
  • Is engaged in curriculum design (Diploma in Journalism, BEd English, customized short courses) 
  • Coordinates the work of ESERI 
  •  Member of the Senate, Faculty Management (Faculty of Arts and Social Development), Research Committee and International and Local Engagement Committee 


  • PhD in comparative linguistics 
  • Master`s in Teacher Training 



  • Klymenko, Olga & Pejakovic, Christine. “Syntactic Variation in Conversational Seychelles Creole.”  Kréolistika, 3, 2023 (under review). 
  • Deutschmann, M., Klymenko, O. and Zelime, J. (2022) “Introduction: Understanding Education in the Seychelles.” Understanding Education in the Seychelles: Digest of Research from Master’s in Education Leadership Cohort 1 (2018-2021), edited by Deutschmann, M. Klymenko, O. & Zelime, J., pp 11-16. Seychelles: University of Seychelles. https://unisey.ac.sc/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/ESERI-UniSey-Press.pdf 







Conference proceedings 



  • Klymenko, O., Laurette, A., Vel, A. “The impact of family and media on L2 development in early childhood in a multilingual society: The case of the Seychelles” Learning Languages, Being Social, edited by Susanne Mohr & Lindsay Ferrara. Anthropological Linguistics series, De Gruyter Mouton, 2023 (under review). 
  • Klymenko, Olga. “Resource Encoding in English and Spanish Graphic Verbs.” Language. Culture. Translation. ed. by Demyankov, V., 2016, pp. 512-515, Moscow: Tezaurus. 
  • Klymenko, Olga. “Semantic Subject of English Physical Activity Verbs. Semantik und Pragmatik im Spannungsfeld der germanistishen und kontrastiven Linguistik, edited by  Larysa Iagupova, Vladimir Kaliuscenko, Andrzej Katny, Hieke Roll, 2013, pp. 127-135, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 
  • Klymenko, Olga. “English and Spanish Graphic verbs: Variations of Action Components Encoding.” Broadening Linguistic Boundaries: [collection of scientific papers} edited by  Larisa Yagupova, 2016, pp.109-122, Rostov-na-Donu.  

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