Dr. Joshua Kraut

Associate Professor of French
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Dr. Josh Kraut joined the Department of World Languages and Cultures faculty in 2016 and teaches a variety of courses in French and in linguistics, including all levels of French language, Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching Methods, Contemporary France, French Children’s Literature and French Sociolinguistics. He also leads a yearly May Term to Aix-en-Provence (southern France) titled “Faith Under Fire in France,” which explores the history of interreligious and secular-religious tensions down to the present day.

He is currently working on a series of studies examining contemporary American religious discourse through the lense of interactional sociolinguistics, a type of discourse analysis.


  • Ph.D., sociolinguistics, Georgetown University, 2018
  • Master of Modern Letters, French literature and linguistics, Université de Provence (now Aix-Marseille Université), 2011
  • M.A., teaching English as a second language, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
  • B.A., French, Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University, 2005

Areas of expertise

  • Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
  • Interactional Sociolinguistics

Honors, Grants and awards

  • “The Misanthrope In Spite of Himself: Rousseau's Interpretation of Molière's Alceste,” (article) Nyenhuis Faculty Research Grant, Hope College, 2019
  • “The Polyphonic Pastor: Two Levels of Constructed Dialogue in Argumentation,” (article) Nyenhuis Faculty Research Grant, Hope College, 2018
  • “Challenging Borders,” Great Lakes Colleges Association Grand Challenge Grant, 2016

Selected Publications

  • “The Polyphonic Pastor: Two Levels of Constructed Dialogue in Argumentation,” Language and Dialogue, 2019
  • “The Role of ‘Roles’ in Task-Design: An Exploration of ‘Framing’ as a Feature of Tasks,” in Usage-inspired L2 Instruction, John Benjamins Publishing, 2018
  • “Interactional Sociolinguistics and Workplace Discourse,” with C. Gordon, in Handbook of Language in the Workplace, Routledge, 2017
  • French for Children, Primer A and Primer B, Classical Academic Press, 2016
  • “Faith, Politics, and the Parable of the Kosher Deli: Narrative Exploration of a Congressional Hearing,” Narrative and Conflict: Explorations in Theory and Practice, 2016

Selected Presentations

  • “The Pastor in the Pew: Simulated Conversation in Contemporary American Sermons,” American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference, 2018
  • “Voices from the Past: Constructed Dialogue as a Hermeneutic Tool in Evangelical Bible Study,” AAAL conference, 2017
  • “You Shall Know the Truth: Reasons and Reasonableness in Evangelical Small Group Bible Study,” American Anthropological Association (AAA) conference, 2015
  • “Co-Constructing Scriptural Authority in a U.S. Quran Study Group,” with N. Harb, AAA conference, 2015

Outside the college

Dr. Kraut enjoys spending time outdoors with his four kids, reading good books with his wife (when he can keep up), learning new languages, cooking and, when opportunity arises, joining a pick-up ultimate frisbee game.

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Dr. Joshua Kraut

Phone Number616.395.7570

Martha Miller Center 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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