What i learned from working at the L-café

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In this narrative, a teacher working in a social language learning space recounts the impact this experience has had on his professional and personal life. He discusses the various types of interactions he had in the L-café: mandatory shifts for English conversation with Japanese students, sending his conversation class students there to practice, attending sessions in Japanese in which he assumed the role of language learner, interviewing international exchange students about their Japanese language learning and also socializing with a mixed group of native speakers and confident Japanese L-café regulars. He then talks about, as a result of these interactions, how his conversation class students are now learning to become more active conversation partners, and he is boosting his own second language learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Spaces for Language Learning
Subtitle of host publicationStories from the L-café
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages9
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

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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