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Angelica Amezcua

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Angelica Amezcua is a Ph.D. candidate in the Spanish Linguistic Program at Arizona State University. She is pursuing a doctorate with a concentration in Heritage Language Pedagogy and a certification on CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). 

Angelica’s research interests include heritage language pedagogy, critical language awareness, Spanish Heritage Language Maintenance, bilingualism, critical pedagogy, curriculum design, and digital humanities. She collaborated with her faculty mentor (Dr. Beaudrie) and one of her peers (Sergio Loza) on a study on critical language awareness. The study set out to explore the development of critical heritage language awareness in the classroom by first measuring the students’ level of awareness of key topics that are important to understanding the socio-political reality of Spanish as a HL in the United States when they enroll in their first semester of Spanish as a heritage language. 

In addition to her research, Angelica is a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of Spanish where she teaches classes for second language learners and heritage language speakers of Spanish. 


Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish- Spanish Linguistics (expected May 2021)

 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 


Computer Assisted Language Learning Certificate (May 2020)

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


Master of Arts in Chicana/o Studies, (May 2015)

California State University, Northridge, CA

2015 Nathan O. Freedman Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Committee:  Ana Sánchez-Muñoz (chair), Claudia Parodi, Rosa RiVera Furumoto, Christina Ayala-Alcantar

Thesis: Spanish for Heritage Language Learners in Chicana/o Studies


Bachelor of Arts: Chicana/o Studies and Spanish, (May 2011)

California State University, Northridge, CA

Magna Cum Laude

Research Interests: 

Heritage Language pedagogy

Spanish Heritage Language maintenance

Critical Language Awareness

Computer Assisted Language pedagogy

Heritage Language and the interconnection with ethnic identity

Language ideologies


Chicana/o studies and critical pedagogy


Chapter in peer- reviewed book

Amezcua, Angelica. (2015) “No Child Left Behind.” In Gabriel Gutiérrez (Ed.), Latinos and Latinas at Risk [2 volumes]: Issues in Education, Health, Community, and Justice. (pp. 563- 573) Santa Barbara:         ABC-CLIO, LLC. ISBN: 978-0-313-39926-8.


Amezcua, Angelica. (accepted). “Transgressing language ideologies by transforming heritage language students intoagents who trust and value their bilingualism.” Transformation, Transgressions, and Trust” Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought, Vol. II. Austria: University of Graz. 

Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Advanced Spanish I Bilinguals
Summer 2020
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SPA 550Spanish for Reading Knowledge
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Advanced Spanish I Bilinguals
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Advanced Spanish I Bilinguals
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Advanced Spanish I Bilinguals
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Advanced Spanish I Bilinguals
SPA 420Applied Spanish Linguistics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Advanced Spanish I Bilinguals
SPA 394Special Topics
Summer 2018
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SPA 202Intermediate Spanish
Spring 2018
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SPA 204Intermed Spanish for Bilingual
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 203Intermed Spanish for Bilingual
Summer 2017
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SPA 101Elementary Spanish
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 203Intermed Spanish for Bilingual
Honors / Awards: 


Leadership Award, El Concilio 25th Anniversary Leadership Recognition Banquet, Arizona State

             University, March 30th, 2017

Third Place Winner, Graz International Summer School SEGGAU 2016 (Austria): Transformation,   Transgressions, and Trust in Europe and the Americas: Poster Presentation, July 16, 2016.

Second Place Winner, College of Humanities Oral Presentations: CSUN Annual Student Research     and Creative Works Symposium, February 13, 2015


Grants and Scholarships

     Travel Grant, School of International Letters and Cultures, ASU, 2017

     Graduate College Fellowship, The Graduate College, ASU, 2017

      honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, March 2017

      Quino E. Martínez Graduate Scholarships for outstanding, academic achievements, School of            International Letters & Cultures, ASU, 2017

      Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU, 2017

Professional Associations: 

Member of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) Member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Member of National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)

Work History: 

Heritage language program assistant, 2016-2017 Research Assistant, heritage language research, Dr. Sara Beaudrie, ASU, 2017 Tutor, Spanish Writing and Tutoring Center, ASU, 2015-present


Peer-Mentoring + Community Outreach Chair (2017-Present), Spanish Graduate Student Association,  Arizona State University


School of International Letters and Cultures Representative (2017-Present), Graduate Women

     Association, Arizona State University


Professional Development Chair (2017-Present), Division G Campus Liaison, Arizona State University and American Educational Research Association


Treasurer (2016-2017) Spanish Graduate Student Association, Arizona State University


Entre amig@s coordinator (2016-2017) Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)


Chair (September 2015-May 2016) 5th Annual Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference

       (March 25-March 26, 2016  


Department Service


    Peer Mentor, Spanish Graduate Student Association, 2016-Present


    Night of the Open Door, 2015-Present


    High School Language Fair, 2017-Present


     Co-Chair of Spanish Heritage Student Conference (Fall 2016)


     Co-Chair of the Spanish Heritage Awareness Week organizing committee (Fall 2017)


     Member of the Spanish Heritage Program Outreach committee (Fall 2016)


     Spanish Heritage Program Outreach event: A picnic in the park


    Institutional Service


       Member of the Executive Board of AZ CALL, 2017-Present


      Award Grant Reviewer, GPSA, Spring 2016-Present


      Member of the GPSA external affairs committee, Fall 2016-Present


      Chaired two sessions at the Arizona Linguistic Symposium, October 28-30, 2016


      Volunteered at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, ASU, October 19-22, 2016


      Volunteered at the HASTAC 2016 conference, May 2016.


Service to the Profession

 Rocky Mountain Foco, Arizona Representative, National Association of Chicano/a Studies (NACCS), March 2017-Present


 Research Collaboration, Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium Graduate Student SIG

  Board, May 2017-Present


 Chaired one session at the 4th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, February 17th-18th, 2017


Chair one session and volunteer at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO),  May16-20, 2017

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