Juan G. Loaiza

Instructor of Spanish

Juan G. Loaiza currently teaches beginning and intermediate level Spanish and coordinates the language tutoring service for undergraduate students, as well as the conversation sessions for the Panamá Bilingüe Program at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Loaiza holds a B.A. in Modern Languages from Universidad del Valle in Cali (Colombia), an M.A. in Docencia Universitaria (Higher Education Teaching) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Cali (Colombia), a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL) from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Adult Education also from Southern Miss.

Dr. Loaiza taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in his native country of Colombia for 13 years before he moved to Hattiesburg. He has been at Southern Miss since 2003.

His areas of interest include second language acquisition, self-directed learning, metacognition, self-efficacy beliefs, vocabulary learning/ teaching, language learning strategies, and materials design for language learning/ teaching. He wrote the textbook English Book 1 - Basic Academic Reading Skills, published by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Cali in 2003.