Social Spaces for Language Learning: Stories from the L-café

  • Garold Murray
  • Naomi Fujishima

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Exploring a Social Space for Language Learning

    1. Garold Murray, Naomi Fujishima
      Pages 1-12
  3. Administrators’ Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Masumi Fujimoto
      Pages 31-39
  4. Teachers’ Perspectives

  5. Students’ Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Kelly Marie Ho
      Pages 91-95
    3. Daniel Tangonan
      Pages 96-99
    4. Yosuke Hino
      Pages 100-104
    5. Yu Miura
      Pages 110-113
    6. Yuya Tanimoto
      Pages 114-118
    7. Garold Murray, Naomi Fujishima
      Pages 124-146
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-154

About this book


Social spaces for language learning, places where learners can come together in order to learn with and from each other, have an important role to play in foreign language acquisition and L2 identity development. In this book, sixteen students, teachers and administrators tell how they experience the L-café, a social language learning space located on the campus of a Japanese university. As part of a narrative inquiry, their unabridged stories are framed by background information on the study and an in-depth analysis informed by theories of space and place, and complex dynamic systems.

Addressing practical as well as theoretical concerns, this book provides advice for language professionals developing and managing social language learning spaces, pedagogical insights for teachers exploring their role in out-of-class learning, and direction for researchers examining the various facets of language learning beyond the classroom.


Foreign language learning out-of-class learning narrative inquiry space and place complexity theory heterotopia learner autonomy dance English experience inquiry Language Learning management space time

Editors and affiliations

  • Garold Murray
    • 1
  • Naomi Fujishima
    • 1
  1. 1.Okayama UniversityJapan

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