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Descriptive label for English as a school subject: SkillsEdit

Describe the skills lesson, and comment on how it promotes learner autonomy.

Extracted an article from English-language Metro. Five groups/4 kids per group. Each group has a part of speech/ word class. Find their word class in the article and make their own word list. Vocabulary and grammar practice. After working in groups, explain to the class what their word class is and give examples. Discussion.

Autonomy: students work together in the groups to find their word class, each student has a role in the presentation. Teacher checks for use of English.

Goals: vocabulary building and meta-language.

Descriptive label for English as a school subject: CommunicationEdit

Describe the communication lesson, and comment on how it promotes learner autonomy.


Theme that can lead to a debate, school uniforms, to take a stance and communicate teh way they are thinking.

9th grade

Make them aware of the goals before starting: to participate more, practice democracy, develop critical thinking, improve spoken English: pragmatic functions of language such as disagreeing, agreeing, contradicting, stating opinion vs. fact...

Autonomy: Teacher gives instructions (topic), groups the pupils, assigns pro or con groups. Pupils are responsible for discussing the subject and running the debate.

Descriptive label for English as a school subject: CultureEdit

Describe the culture lesson, and comment on how it promotes learner autonomy.

8-9th grade. Social studies/culture. 2-3 week lesson. Election process comparison of countries to Swedish system.

Goal: differences/similarities between countries in the voting process, research process, evaluating sources, reflecting on findings. Add to specialized vocabulary.

Teacher's role: explain the assignment, assist when necessary. Present background information. Intermittent lectures.

Autonomy: Students choose their own countries, do their own research, evaluate sources.

Descriptive label for English as a school subject: LiteratureEdit

Describe the literature lesson, and comment on how it promotes learner autonomy.

Group level: high school

Activity: Literary exercise: The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe. Students work in groups with questions about the poem. After going through the questions, the answers are presented by group. Discussion of different answers to the same questions; the goal is to achieve a concensus of opinion.

Goals: Practice reading classical literature.

Autonomy: Pupils discuss the answers to the questions within their groups, present their answers to the other groups, negotiate a concensus of opinion.

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