Juan G. Loaiza

Instructor of Spanish

Juan G. Loaiza has a B.A. in Modern Languages from Universidad del Valle in Cali (Colombia), a 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. degree in Adult Education at Southern Miss. Juan G. taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in his native country of Colombia for 13 years before moving 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. His current area of research deals with Spanish students’ self-directed learning, metacognitive awareness, self-efficacy beliefs, and grammatical competence.

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