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DynEd’s instructional system combines one-on-one computer-based self-study with regular meetings with a DynEd-trained teacher or coach.  These classroom or distance-based coaching sessions are an essential component in DynEd’s success.  No matter how good a technology-assisted program is, only a teacher or coach can personalize or localize lesson content for his or her individual classes or students, and then extend that lesson beyond just the language from the program.  This “blending” of computer time with teacher time uses the strengths of both to maximize results.

In language learning, one size does not fit all.  DynEd students begin by taking a Placement Test, a computer-adaptive instrument that self-adjusts for each individual.  DynEd’s Path Manager then uses the student’s Placement Test score to automatically open courseware units at the right level of difficulty, and monitors progress to continually unlock new material when the program judges the student is ready to move forward.   A Recommended Study Time slider allows teachers to intervene manually when appropriate to adjust Path Manager settings to accommodate particular student or class needs.

Additionally, in some courses DynEd’s patented Shuffler mechanism automatically varies the depth, difficulty and variety of language being presented within a lesson depending on each student’s accuracy in answering questions or doing exercises.  Learning material that is too difficult may become frustrating, and material that is too easy quickly becomes boring; the Shuffler keeps each individual working at their optimal learning level.

Working together, these software devices help ensure that each learner is studying at his/her own pace and is constantly challenged with new language material targeted at exactly the right level.

Language is a skill.  Learning English is similar to learning to play a musical instrument, or drive a car, or play a sport like football.  Developing any skill takes time and lots of effective practice.  To become really good at it, the skill must become automatic.  This means it can be done by the unconscious mind, i.e., without thinking.   For language skill, this is called fluency.

Getting to the point of fluency in English requires focused practice over an extended period of time.  It is difficult, however, to maintain good concentration if study sessions are too long.  DynEd recommends that students study frequently, but in relatively short sessions of less than one hour at a time.

Learning a new skill involves changes in the brain -- the growing and strengthening of new synapses and nerve connections.  These are organic structures that take time to develop.  Just like building muscles in the gym, there is a limit to what can be done in a day.  Muscles need periods of rest to re-build after being worked hard.  Brains also need periods away from studying so that there is enough time for the newly reinforced connections to grow. It is much more effective, therefore, to study in shorter sessions distributed throughout the week (3-5 times per week) than in long, intensive sessions on just one or two days. When study is distributed, learning English actually takes less total time, and much less is forgotten.

It’s common to use DynEd alongside other teaching materials, such as course books, extensive reading series, or test prep materials. Good teachers will take advantage of a variety of materials to engage and re-focus students frequently. To optimize student progress, however, we recommend that DynEd serve as the program core, if possible.  It’s also critical to follow the basic pedagogic principles of DynEd’s blended learning approach: that students study DynEd frequently (3+ times per week), and that teachers devote class time each week to personalizing and extending the language students are studying in the DynEd courseware.  Using DynEd only as an occasional self-access practice supplement without classroom support is much less effective and not recommended. 

The natural way to learn language is first through listening and then struggling to speak, just as a baby does.  When we finally learn to read and write, either at home or at school, we are already a native speaker of our first language.  The ability to speak a language greatly facilitates development of reading and writing skills.

DynEd introduces literacy skills after a foundation in aural/oral skills is well established, and we reinforce reading and writing with practice exercises through the remainder of a student's learning path. Check out our new Reading for Success.

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DynEd is the world’s leading provider of English language learning software and its courseware is the most highly awarded in the field.

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