Conversation Analytic Research on Learning-in-Action

The Complex Ecology of Second Language Interaction ‘in the wild’

  • John Hellermann
  • Søren W. Eskildsen
  • Simona Pekarek Doehler
  • Arja Piirainen-Marsh

Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Søren W. Eskildsen, Simona Pekarek Doehler, Arja Piirainen-Marsh, John Hellermann
    Pages 1-21
  3. Learning in the Wild: Development of Interactional Competence

  4. Configuring the Wild for Learning: Learners’ In-Situ Practices for Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Tim Greer
      Pages 131-158
  5. Designing Infrastructures for Learning in the Wild: Bridges Between Classroom and Real-Life Social Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. John Hellermann, Steven L. Thorne, Jamalieh Haley
      Pages 193-218
    3. Niina Lilja, Arja Piirainen-Marsh, Brendon Clark, Nicholas B. Torretta
      Pages 219-248
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 273-275

About this book


This volume offers insights on language learning outside the classroom, or in the wild, where L2 users themselves are the driving force for language learning. The chapters, by scholars from around the world, critically examine the concept of second language learning in the wild. The authors use innovative data collection methods (such as video and audio recordings collected by the participants during their interactions outside classrooms) and analytic methods from conversation analysis to provide a radically emic perspective on the data. Analytic claims are supported by evidence from how the participants in the interactions interpret one another’s language use and interactional conduct. This allows the authors to scrutinize the term wild showing what distinguishes L2 practices in our different datasets and how those practices differ from the L2 learner data documented in other more controlled settings, such as the classroom. We also show how our findings can feed back into the development of materials for classroom language instruction, and ultimately can support the implementation of usage-based L2 pedagogies. In sum, we uncover what it is about the language use in these contexts that facilitates developmental changes over time in L2-speakers' and their co-participants' interactional practices for language learning.


Language learning in the wild Naturalistic SLA CA for SLA Multimodal practice Lexical items L2 learning language learning outside the classroom

Editors and affiliations

  • John Hellermann
    • 1
  • Søren W. Eskildsen
    • 2
  • Simona Pekarek Doehler
    • 3
  • Arja Piirainen-Marsh
    • 4
  1. 1.Applied LinguisticsPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Design and CommunicationUniversity of Southern DenmarkSønderborgDenmark
  3. 3.Center for Applied LinguisticsUniversity of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Language and Communication StudiesUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-22164-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-22165-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-0292
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1656
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