How can I make practicing less boring?

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Practice is the key to building skill – any skill - including language.   Practice can sometimes seem repetitive or boring, so keeping study sessions relatively short can help.  Generally, an intensive hour is more than enough, and even as little as 15 minutes each day can be very beneficial.  Variety is also a key; change your study focus frequently. 

Most DynEd lessons take 5 minutes or less.   After doing a lesson once in study session, it is best to move on to studying something else rather than re-doing the same lesson immediately, or even the same kind of lesson.  If you are studying several courses together in your program, it’s also good to change courses altogether.

Another way to change focus and minimize boredom is to spend time in each study session reviewing earlier lessons.  This helps consolidate what you have learned and is generally more relaxing than new material.  Reviewing can serve as a refreshing mid-study-session “break” before returning to the core lessons you are primarily working on.

It’s also important to change your focus each time you go through a Presentation Lesson, using the 5-Step Program:

Step 1:           Gist Listening

Step 2:           Detailed Listening

Step 3:           Confirmation Listening/Checking

Step 4:           Simultaneous Speaking

Step 5:           Record, Listen, Compare

For additional details on how to do each of these steps, please download the DynEd—5 Self-Study Steps for Presentation Lessons from here.

DynEd introduces letter recognition and phonemic awareness early for children, but not at the expense of focusing on aural/oral fluency skills.  As fluency grows, simple word reading, spelling, and sentence-building tasks are used in exercises to reinforce target vocabulary and grammar patterns.

As both younger and older learners progress, DynEd has an increasing emphasis on literacy skill development.  Reading and writing tasks both within the courseware itself, and in accompanying worksheets, provide coordinated practice using language already studied orally.  Extensive reading narratives and writing activities grow in complexity along with the student’s oral fluency level to include dictations, sentence and paragraph summary exercises, and short essays.  Higher level learners have practice with identifying main ideas, recognizing transitional phrases, logical sequencing, and pronoun references common in multiple sentence discourse. 

Finally, DynEd’s Reading for Success course provides a comprehensive introduction to both academic reading and writing in English. With units leveraging school subject areas like math, science, and social studies, RFS includes exercises focused on reading for main ideas and important details, skimming and scanning, understanding vocabulary in context, recognizing grammar and language chunks, increasing reading fluency, rapid word recognition and decoding, using context clues to meaning, oral reading and pronunciation, and crucial practice in understanding and using dictionary definitions.

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