Jako Olivier is an associate professor in the subject group Afrikaans for Education, School of Human and Social Sciences for Education, Faculty of Education Sciences of the North-West University (Potchefstroom campus).
He obtained his PhD in 2011 at the NWU in which he researched the accommodation and promotion of multilingualism in schools by means of blended and e-learning. He also completed a BA, BA Honours (cum laude), Postgraduate Certificate in Education and MA (cum laude) from the former PU for CHE. Before he joined the NWU as lecturer in 2010, he was involved in teaching information technology and languages in schools in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. From 2010 to 2015 he was a lecturer in Afrikaans linguistics at the School of Languages, Faculty of Arts of the NWU after which he moved to the Faculty of Education Sciences. He serves on the executives of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa and the Names Society of Southern Africa.
His research interests include e-learning in the language classroom, blended learning, language planning and policy, multilingualism in education, Afrikaans language variation and screen translation.