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Dr. Lorene Pagcaliwagan

Associate Professor, French and Spanish
Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Supervisor


  • B.A. French, Harding University
  • M.Ed. French Education, Harding University
  • M.A. TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Ph.D. University of Alabama


Dr. Pagcaliwagan is a language specialist and teacher trainer in French, Spanish, and English as a Second/Foreign Language. Her research interests include discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and intercultural competence. Her scholarly work has been presented at TESOL, UKFLC, SCOLT, ACTFL, LASSO as well as international conferences in Korea, Japan, Germany and Australia. In 1995, Dr. Pagcaliwagan was selected by USIA and USIS in conjunction with the George Soros Open Society Foundation to train language teachers in Skopje, Macedonia. She has also trained teachers for the Japan Ministry of Education as well as M.Ed./MA TESOL students and International Teaching Assistants at the University of Alabama. In 2011, Dr. Pagcaliwagan joined Gardner-Webb University after a 13-year-tenure teaching English as a Foreign Language at Chiba University near Tokyo, Japan. She is currently developing an ESL program to allow students from abroad to study English on the Gardner-Webb Campus. Dr. Pagcaliwagan has a great affection for her students and hopes that her experiences as a language learner and living abroad will encourage them as they pursue their language studies.