Guerrilla Literacy Learners

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Project Description


Mistakes are the portals of discovery

 James Joyce


Guerrilla Tactics


GuLL asks learners to reflect upon  and  remediate the unorthodox links (Guerrilla Patterns) they make and then remediate them. The patterns we have observed so far are: guessing, mixing rules unorthodoxically, applying rules in wrong contexts, and applying mathematical logics to solve linguistic challenges.

An example of a Guerrilla Pattern is knitting correct rules together in a wrong way: e.g. “Did he gave?”. “Did he gave”, reveals a Guerrilla Learner who knows how to form the past, how to conjugate irregular verbs, and how to ask questions, but knits together two conjugated verbs rather than using an auxiliary and zero infinitive.

In asking students to think aloud and connect to Guerrilla Patterns, GuLL creates a platform for learners to improve their own literacy.


Teaching is the highest form of understanding



Guerrilla Artists


Guerrilla Artists are: language learners, teachers, community trainers, and librarians as well as art of hosting-experts, creative ecologists and narrative coaches. Together they devise ways of making fail patterns visible, create new ways of teaching their peers, and share these in knowledge clips of their own in a MOOC.

Guerrilla Artists are educational garbologists who study learners’ mistakes (garbage) to co-create  ways of learning.

“We identify four main approaches to literacy teaching and learning: didactic, authentic, functional and critical literacies. As we move forward, we need to build upon and extend these by deploying literacies pedagogies in the plural - which we rename as experiential, conceptual, analytical and applied approaches.”
(Kalantzis & Cope)


Guerrilla Actions


Think of seed bombing, yard storming, knit blasting, rock stacking, random posting, envelope exchanging, post-it art…


Guerrilla Learner Literacy Manual describes the pedagogical approach from mistakes to autonomy

Guerrilla Learning Harvesting describes ways of tapping into learners’ experiences

Guerrilla Learner Assessment offers ways to validate learners’ progress within European Quality Frameworks

Guerrilla Learner MOOC invites learners to walk through the GuLL learning trajectory.

GuLL Facebooks are communities of practice troubleshooting and co-creating the GuLL approach

GuLL BackStory asks feedback from all stakeholders about Guerilla actions

GuLL Workshop empowers all Guerrillas to start their own  Guerrilla learning environments


An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail

Edwin Land


Guerrilla Rallies


Think of Flashmobs… We invite you to co-create in GuLL Facebook Groups, GuLL Training, GuLL MOOC an GuLL Conference.


"To ‘hack’ can mean a lot of things: To break in and break down. To cut to the core. To chop roughly. To be playful and clever. To be mediocre. To solve a problem, but to do so rather inelegantly. To pull systems apart. To ‘MacGyver’ things back together. To re-code. To rebuild.”

(Hack Education, Audrey Watters)








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