The Rally Course: Learners as Co-designers of Out-of-Classroom Language Learning Tasks

  • Niina LiljaEmail author
  • Arja Piirainen-Marsh
  • Brendon Clark
  • Nicholas B. Torretta
Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 38)


This chapter introduces a “Rally Course” as a novel CA-inspired approach to teaching a second language. This approach builds on an understanding of language learning as a social process that is closely intertwined with L2 speakers’ evolving membership in the surrounding community. It addresses the need to develop experiential pedagogies that widen learners’ opportunities for interaction and support the socialisation process. Building on recent pedagogical initiatives supporting language learning in the wild, we illustrate the overall structure of the Rally Course, describe the main materials that were designed to support the learning objectives and present a case analysis of a student carrying out a pedagogical activity supported by the materials.


Interaction navigator Journey map Mapping activity Photo journal Rally Course 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niina Lilja
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arja Piirainen-Marsh
    • 2
  • Brendon Clark
    • 3
  • Nicholas B. Torretta
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Information Technology and CommunicationTampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.Department of Language and Communication StudiesUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  3. 3.Umeå Institute of DesignUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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