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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures



Heritage/Bilingual Speakers

Spanish Program for Heritage/Bilingual Speakers at DU

The Spanish Program for Heritage/Bilingual Learners is an initiative by the Department of Languages & Literatures to meet the educational and linguistic needs of our changing student population. It is designed specifically for heritage or bilingual speakers of Spanish, or students who have a personal, familial or community connection to the Spanish language.

First heritage/bilingual speakers class

Course sequence & student Learning outcomes

We offer two sequential introductory courses, SPAN 2200 and 2250, to help you prepare for culture and upper-level courses as well as to help you develop the literacy skills needed to use Spanish in formal/professional settings. We do this by:

  • Promoting the development of literacy and written skills in the Spanish language for use in formal and professional settings;
  • Promoting critical skills to continue developing the linguistic repertoires that students bring to the classroom, including the study of variation and code-mixing in Spanish/English;
  • Building greater awareness of the value of US Latinx culture and language; and
  • Creating a community of like-minded learners, providing support for students' educational trajectories.

Placement Testing & Advising

If you speak Spanish at home with parents, siblings or extended family members, and have personal ties to a Spanish-speaking community, please complete the Spanish Heritage Language Assessment before enrolling in Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SPAN 2200).

If you have significant experience studying abroad or have completed part of your education in a Spanish-speaking country, please contact Dr. Lina Reznicek-Parrado at