Juan G. Loaiza

Instructor of Spanish

Juan G. Loaiza has 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, and a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL) from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Adult Education at Southern Miss. Juan G. taught English for Academic Purposes and English as a Foreign Language in Colombia for 13 years before moving to Hattiesburg.

His areas of interest include second language acquisition, vocabulary learning/ teaching, communicative language teaching, language learning strategies, and materials design for language learning/ teaching. His current area of research deals with Spanish students’ self-directedness in learning, metacognitive awareness, and self-efficacy beliefs.

Juan G. wrote the textbook English Book 1 - Basic Academic Reading Skills, published by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Cali in 2003.