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 globally and 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 has 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. (2023). The Peer-Effect: Non-Traditional Models of Instruction in Spanish as a Heritage Language. Routledge.
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 language. In "Journal of Spanish Language Teaching". 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 heritage instruction. In "E-JournALL, EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages". 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 Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching". 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 instructores en el nivel universitario. In "Normas. Revista de estudios lingüísticos hispánicos". Normas. Revista de estudios lingüísticos hispánicos, (3), 161-181.