Exploring a social space for language learning

Garold Murray, Naomi Fujishima

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This chapter chronicles a narrative inquiry comprised of a collection of sixteen stories about how students, teachers and administrators experience the L-café, a social space for foreign language learning located on the campus of a large national university in Japan. Adopting a narrative style, this introductory chapter begins with a description of the L-café and a brief outline of its history, after which it tells the story of the five-year ethnographic study leading up to the current inquiry. It then provides an account of how the theoretical perspective informing the interpretation of the stories expanded from a focus on community of practice to encompass constructs from human geography, mediated discourse analysis and complex dynamic systems theory. It concludes with a synopsis of the participants' contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Spaces for Language Learning
Subtitle of host publicationStories from the L-café
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781137530103
ISBN (Print)9781137530097
Publication statusPublished - Dec 8 2015


  • Complexity theory
  • Foreign language learning
  • Learner autonomy
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Out-of-class learning
  • Social learning space
  • Space and place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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