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Kramsch teaching philosophy

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Read this Statement of Teaching Philosophy by Claire Kramsch.

It is often said that teachers teach the way their teachers taught them and their teachers' teachers taught them. But teachers who emigrate from the intellectual culture of their teachers have to reinvent themselves. What I learned to become a teacher of German language and literature in France, I had to rediscover, when I came to the U.S, to teach German to American students. My field of research, Applied Linguistics, captures the paradox of language learning and language use in various social contexts.

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