Jane Nzisa Muasya

Email: jmuasya@usiu.ac.ke | Telephone: +254720784807

Areas of interest/specialization:

Language acquisition and learning; Language, dress and culture; Leisure-Work continuum: A Social-Cultural perspective; Historical, Comparative and Contrastive Linguistics; Pragmatics; Translation and interpretation.


Dr. Jane Nzisa Muasya is an Assistant Professor of Spanish. She holds a PhD in Spanish language from the University of Valladolid, Spain. She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where she obtained a B.A. in General Linguistics and Swahili. She has taught at USIU since 2004, initially as adjunct, then as full time faculty from 2005.

Her passion for the Spanish language and culture has led her to organize trips to Spain where the students have been exposed to experiential learning; she is also coordinating a linguistic-cultural exchange involving Galicia, Spain, and the East African Anglophone countries.

Academic Degrees:

PhD in Spanish Language, University of Valladolid, Spain (1998-2003).

Bachelor of Arts Degree (General Linguistics and Swahili), University of Nairobi (1979 –1983).

Journal Articles

- Teaching and Learning Spanish in the Kenya Multilingual Society: Strengths and Challenges, USIU Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa (JOLTE) (2008).

-El Kiswahili y el español en una encrucijada lingística en Kenya, USIU Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa (JOLTE). (2008).


-Electronic publication of Doctoral thesis: Estructuras de ruego, mandato y deseo en Kiswahili y español by Proquest (www.proquest.com) (2003)

- Monograph: Estudio contrastivo del kiswahili y el español Published by LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. Colon, Germany (2009) ISBN: 978-3-8383-0424-3

Book Chapters

-Translation from Spanish to Swahili of the 69th Chapter of Don Quijote de la Mancha included in El Quijote Universal. Siglo XXII


I have taught beginners’ level (SPN 1000 and SPN 1001) and some Minor courses, namely Intermediate Spanish (SPN 2000); Advanced composition and grammar (SPN 3000); Spanish Culture and Civilization (SPN 3001).

Organization of trips to Spain, a variant of the Windows to the World program. Trip in August 2016; trip in August 2018

Joint coordinator of Training Exchange in East Africa, a linguistic-cultural exchange where our students/alumni facilitate as English language conversation assistants in given schools in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. They are immersed in Spanish language and culture, exposed to the social life of the Spanish people, and they also have an opportunity of marketing our country, culture and our university. Currently we have six alumni and one continuing student on the program; one alumni is back to Kenya having spent seven months in Galicia.