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

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

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  • ISBN-13: 9781137530097
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
  • Release Date: Dec 09, 2015
  • Edition: 1st ed. 2016
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 5.51 inches


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.

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