LinguaFolio® Training Resources

Training modules to show how to implement LinguaFolio®

3.14 Building Autonomy

Many textbooks now include review exercises at the end of a chapter or unit. In some of those review activities, students are asked to reflect on what they have learned or create something demonstrating their understanding of specific skills or knowledge. Review the following examples of autonomy-building activities and then examine the textbooks that you use for other examples.

Examples of autonomy-building activities

Middle and high school students

  • Assign a story to be read and ask learners to prepare two learning activities — one based on content, the other on language.
  • Have a group prepare and teach a lesson indicating what they want others to know and be able to do, and how they expect them to demonstrate it.

Elementary and/or ESL students

  • Have a student role-play the teacher for a small group and teach the group a song.
  • Have a student teach a small group five new vocabulary words using pictures on cards as cues.

In the handout linked below, you will create at least two activities appropriate to the language program and grade level of your students. The activities should inspire them to reflect on their learning or take more responsibility for their learning. Language programs may include traditional second language, dual immersion, heritage language, English as second language, and others.

Autonomy building activities (pdf)

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