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Social Spaces for Language Learning

Stories from the L-café

Authors: Murray, Garold

Editors: Fujishima, N. (Ed.)

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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.

About the authors

Garold Murray is an associate professor in the Language Education Center at Okayama University, Japan. He has published widely on the subject of autonomy in language learning and is currently pursuing research interests in social learning spaces, the semiotics of place, and imagination in language learning.

Naomi Fujishima is a professor in the Language Education Center at Okayama University, Japan. Her interest in learner autonomy and student motivation stems from her years of teaching in Japan and the US. She has been actively involved in the Japan Association for Language Teaching for the past 25 years.

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“Social spaces for language learning: Stories from the L-café describes the background, evolution and impact of the L-café, a social language learning space (SLLS) at Okayama University, Japan. This book is a must-read for anyone considering creating a similar space. … The narrative style of the text lends to an enjoyable and highly comprehensible reading experience … will be of value to researchers and practitioners alike.” (Anthony DiGiulio, Independence, Issue 71, October–November, 2017)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Spaces for Language Learning
Book Subtitle
Stories from the L-café
Authors
Editors
  • N. Fujishima
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53010-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-53010-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53009-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 154
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