Online News Stories: A place for Autonomy and Language Development

by Mohamed Elhess

In a typical language classroom, some students prefer to work individually, some rely upon kinesthetic or visual learning style, some show eagerness in thinking critically, etc. Accordingly, students need opportunities to express what they know and do and to tackle challenges within their own comfort zones.

This implies that learner autonomy entails nothing other than allowing learners their choices of materials and tasks that match their interests, learning preferences and language abilities (Evans & Boucher 2015). When students read what they have chosen, they can experience control over their learning . . .

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