Lina Reznicek-Parrado

Lina M Reznicek-Parrado

Teaching Assistant Professor, Spanish; Director, Spanish Program for Heritage/Bilingual Speakers

What I do

As a Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish, I teach and develop Spanish courses that meet students' diverse academic interests, taking into consideration the fact that Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the U.S. Additionally, as Director of the Spanish Program for Heritage Speakers, I work with students who have a important personal, familial or community connections to the Spanish language and are interested in furthering their unique skills as part of their academic trajectory.


Spanish Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, Spanish in the US

Professional Biography

Lina is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish who joined the Department of Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies at DU in the Fall of 2018, and have since lead curricular efforts to develop courses for Spanish heritage speakers in the institution. She is an educator and researcher at the intersection of Spanish Sociolinguistics and Education, interested in issues around bilingual/heritage language education and teacher training, academic language and literacy for linguistically diverse student communities and topics surrounding Spanish in the US.


  • Ph.D., Spanish Linguistics, University of California, Davis, 2018
  • MA, Spanish Language & Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
  • BA, Spanish & French, University of Nebraska, 2008

Featured Publications

Reznicek-Parrado, L. M., Patiño-Vega, M., & Colombi, M. C. (2018). Academic peer tutors and academic biliteracy development in students of Spanish as a heritage langua. Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 5(2), 152-167.
Reznicek-Parrado, L. M. (2015). "Spanglish": Bringing the academic debate into the classroom. Towards critical pedagogy in Spanish h. E- JournALL, EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages., 2(2), 55-66.
Reznicek-Parrado, L. M. (2014). The Personal Essay and Academic Writing Proficiency in Spanish Heritage Development. In "Arizona Wor. Arizona Working Papers in SLA and Teaching, 21, 71-83.
Reznicek-Parrado, L. M. (2013). Hablantes de herencia del español en Estados Unidos: implicaciones para el entrenamiento de instruc. Normas. Revista de estudios lingüísticos hispánicos, (3), 161-181.