Five years at the L-café: The secret of its success

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In this narrative, the author recounts her experiences as creator and manager of the L-café. Faced with high expectations from the university's administration and limited resources, she discusses how she met these and other challenges as she transformed an empty room into a vibrant social learning space. The author notes several bifurcation points along the way, such as the realization of the students' potential to generate opportunities to learn from one another and to serve as sources of support and motivation for their peers. She concludes by attributing the L-café's success to the students' sense of belonging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Spaces for Language Learning
Subtitle of host publicationStories from the L-café
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781137530103
ISBN (Print)9781137530097
Publication statusPublished - Dec 8 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Foreign language learning
  • Learning center management
  • Narrative
  • Out-of-class learning
  • Peer teaching
  • Social learning space
  • Tandem learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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