Defining the political in foreign language teaching – A response to the rejoinders


  • Claire Kramsch University of California, Berkeley



forum discussion, response to rejoinders

Author Biography

Claire Kramsch, University of California, Berkeley

Claire Kramsch is Emerita Professor of German and Education at UC Berkeley. She is widely published in applied linguistics and foreign language education. Recent books include The Multilingual Subject (Oxford University Press, 2009), The Multilingual Instructor (with Lihua Zhang; Oxford University Press, 2018) and Language as Symbolic Power (Cambridge University Press, 2021). She is the editor of the journal L2 Learning and co-editor of the book series Language and Intercultural Communication (Routledge) and Key Topics in Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press). 


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How to Cite

Kramsch, C. (2022). Defining the political in foreign language teaching – A response to the rejoinders. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, 16(3), 403–412.



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