Dimitrios Thanasoulas in his article suggest that students have the ability to take an active role in the learning process. I consider that there are many aspects that could influence student's greater autonomy. Students are encouraged to be more self-motivated to find ways for improving their skills in a new language.
There are several methods that I use to help my students acquire the language in a most autonomous ways. For example, I usually challenge them to only use English in class, and I challenge them to listen to English music and watch some movies in English because it can help them to improve their skills. By doing this, I help them to increase their self-confidence when speaking in another language. It helps them to feel free to speak in another language without feeling shy. I try giving awards to the student who do not use Spanish during the class session, so students are encouraged to speak English only. I do also use technology as an aid for helping students be more autonomous because they can log in the computer and use my blog if they want to rehearse listening. I always try to use WebPages that have vocabulary with audio, so students can hear the pronunciation and repeat after they hear the word.
I also use weekly diaries where students are asked to write anything they did during the weekend. I ask them not to worry about grammar punctuation and mistakes, so they can feel free to write whatever they want. I usually recommend my students to self-monitor when they practice for their speeches, so they can have an idea of where to improve the presentation. By using technology and non-technology, I help students become more autonomous. I have seen a greater engagement, greater conceptual learning and higher academic achievement.