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Towards learner autonomy : 

Towards learner autonomy What self-access facilities students can use to improve their learning

Use language gamesThese are just some examples of the variety of games which could be used to foster independent learning. Opportunities for using games for independent learning can be found even in Facebook®, and we should not forget the Scrabble®, Pictionary® puzzle magazines, dominoes, snakes and ladders or the Hangman either. (From left to right: New English File Intermediate, by C. Oxenden and C. Latham-Koening, Teacher’s Book, O.U.P., 2006; Challenges 1, by Pat Mugglestone, Total Teacher’s Pack, Pearson Education Ltd, 2006; Play Games with English Book 1, by C. Granger, Heinemann Educational Books, 1986) : 

Use language gamesThese are just some examples of the variety of games which could be used to foster independent learning. Opportunities for using games for independent learning can be found even in Facebook®, and we should not forget the Scrabble®, Pictionary® puzzle magazines, dominoes, snakes and ladders or the Hangman either. (From left to right: New English File Intermediate, by C. Oxenden and C. Latham-Koening, Teacher’s Book, O.U.P., 2006; Challenges 1, by Pat Mugglestone, Total Teacher’s Pack, Pearson Education Ltd, 2006; Play Games with English Book 1, by C. Granger, Heinemann Educational Books, 1986)

Use Book CDs, TV, computers and films : 

Use Book CDs, TV, computers and films BookCDs: the accompanying CDs usually include extra material for self-study. Students can profit from CDRoms which include a variety of activities on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, video clips on social English, etc. Films are a very good choice for self access. Almost every household has access to a DVD player nowadays. If students are not confident enough with the language, they can watch the film with the subtitles in English (having the double advantage of auditory and visual input), and eventually they can watch it without subtitles. TV programmes can also be used in this way, provided the students have a TV set with the SAP function.

Use written textsExamples of written texts include magazines, leaflets, authentic books, dictionaries, graded readers, newspapers, e-mails,… even notifications students can get from playing games on the Internet! : 

Use written textsExamples of written texts include magazines, leaflets, authentic books, dictionaries, graded readers, newspapers, e-mails,… even notifications students can get from playing games on the Internet!

Use the library : 

Use the library Ideally, every school should have a self-access library, so that students can borrow reading material whenever they feel like it. Although in some places students are not allowed to take the books home, a reading corner can be set up in the classroom. Students can also be given the possibility to choose the readers they’d like to read as extra material, and they share them with the rest of the class. These are old graded readers, but still enjoyable.

Use exam materials : 

Use exam materials This resource is very popular among students who are preparing for examinations; students can work with these materials at their own pace, whenever and wherever they want. Since most (if not all) of this material includes the key to the exercises, students can monitor their own progress, and in some cases they are even provided with written samples of other students’ essays or paragraphs, including comments and corrections.

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