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student-centered, learner-centered: Language activities, techniques, methods where the students/learners are the focus and the teacher plays only a periphereal role. Students are allowed some control over the activity or some input into the curriculum. These activities encourage student creativity. Group work is one kind of student-centered activity. Having students design their own test is another learner-centered activity.  Individual styles and needs of the learners are taken into account.  Learner-centered education is thought to be intrinsically motivating and thus beneficial. This can be contrasted to teacher-centered learning.