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Lina Reznicek-Parrado

Lina Reznicek-ParradoLina Reznicek-Parrado, PhD
Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bilingual/Heritage Speakers
Sturm Hall, Room 481
Phone: 303-871-4217



  • PhD, Spanish Linguistics, University of California, Davis
  • MA, Spanish Language and Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BA, Spanish and French, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Lina is a faculty member in the Spanish Section of the Department of Languages & Literatures at the University of Denver. She specializes in heritage language pedagogy and teaches courses for heritage speakers at DU. Lina is an educator and researcher at the intersection of Spanish Sociolinguistics and Education, interested in issues related to bilingual/heritage language education and teacher training, academic language and literacy for linguistically diverse student communities and topics surrounding Spanish in the US. She has taught in a variety of diverse high school, higher education and community-based contexts, and works towards educational access for students of all linguistic backgrounds.


  • Spanish as a Heritage Language
  • Bilingual/Heritage Language Education
  • Language diversity in academic contexts
  • Academic language and literacies
  • Spanish in the U.S.


  • Reznicek-Parrado, L. M., Patiño-Vega, M. & Colombi, M.C. (Forthcoming). Academic Peer-Tutors and Academic Biliteracy Development in Students of Spanish as a Heritage Language. In S. Pastor Cesteros & A. Ferreira Cabrera (eds.) L2 Spanish Academic Discourse: New Contexts, New Methodologies / El discurso académico en español como L2: nuevos contextos, nuevas metodologías, Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, Special Issue (5)2.
  • Reznicek-Parrado, L. M. (2015). "Spanglish": Bringing the academic debate into the classroom. Towards critical pedagogy in Spanish heritage instruction. 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 Language Development. Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition 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. Normas. Revista de estudios lingüísticos hispánicos, (3), 161-181.