Understanding a social space for language learning

Garold Murray, Naomi Fujishima

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This chapter presents a thematic content analysis of sixteen narratives by administrators, teachers and students in which they write about their experiences in a social space for language learning at a Japanese university. Drawing on complex dynamic systems theory as well as theories of space and place, the authors explore the affordances for language learning and personal development available in this environment, the theoretical implications for out-of-class learning and insights pertaining to the development and management of such facilities. The authors conclude by presenting a conceptual model for social learning spaces and suggesting directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Spaces for Language Learning
Subtitle of host publicationStories from the L-café
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781137530103
ISBN (Print)9781137530097
Publication statusPublished - Dec 8 2015


  • Complexity theory
  • Language learning affordances
  • Learner autonomy
  • Learning center management
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Out-of-class learning
  • Space and place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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