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In language learning, the most important input comes through your ears, not your eyes.  Visual input is supplemental to the auditory input your brain is primarily using to try to match patterns with known meaning.  DynEd uses simple, iconic graphics because they convey meaning more quickly using less cognitive load than other, more distracting types of images, such as photos, animations, or video, allowing more focus on the sound.

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.

Improvement in language proficiency is dependent on many factors, including whether or not the learner is located in a native English speaking environment, frequency of study, quality and intensity of study, quality of classroom follow-up and teacher support, and the language level and background of the student, himself or herself (age, first language, academic experience, and familiarity with computers).  For lower level students, a 1.0 improvement on DynEd’s Placement Test typically takes approximately 100 hours of DynEd study, 20% – 30% of which is with a teacher or coach.  For higher level students, above 2.0 on DynEd’s scale, a 1.0 proficiency gain will likely take double this amount of time.  Check DynEd’s “Academic Map” for more detail and a correlation to CEFR and other internationally recognized proficiency standards.

DynEd’s Placement Test is based on the Foreign Service Institute scale which ranges from 0.0~5.0.  This scale is used to gauge the general language proficiency of US government employees assigned to work overseas.  Scores above 3.0 are considered to be at near native speaker level, with 5.0 being the level of a well-spoken, highly-educated, proficient native speaker.  DynEd’s focus is to assist students in reaching a 3.0~3.2 proficiency level, which, when achieved, means they should no longer need the help of non-native speaker English courses, but be able to continue their study using realia and everyday native speaker materials.

There are several reasons DynEd has chosen not to require students to be on-line to study.  First, high-quality, reliable, affordable broadband Internet is still not accessible in many parts of the world.  Requiring students to be tethered while studying can be frustrating and distracting in an increasingly mobile world.  Second, when rich multimedia content resides locally as DynEd’s does - on a LAN, lap-top, tablet or smart phone - interactive responses are guaranteed to be fast and smooth, even with full-motion video and high-end speech recognition exercises.  Not being worried about, slowed down, or interrupted by connectivity issues allows students to concentrate on studying English, not on technology.

DynEd does sometimes cost more than other English programs, but it’s also true that DynEd delivers a much better value for customers looking for consistent, proven, measurable results.  DynEd students learn and retain more language in a shorter period of time than with any other English instructional system. For schools, companies and individuals serious about results, DynEd is the better choice.

Yes.  DynEd offers a range of content which includes English for Academic Purposes, for the language of numbers, charts, graphs and logical relationships, for Business, for the Aviation sector, and for the Hospitality industry.  Each of these targeted ESP (English for Specific Purposes) modules is designed to work in conjunction with the development of a general English foundation.

Unfortunately, just memorizing job-related phrases or word lists doesn’t work well.  Without the ability to clearly communicate common language ideas and functions, such as asking a question, clarifying, or making a request, specialized vocabulary and phrases are often hard to use effectively and are easily forgotten.  DynEd concentrates first on building up the learner’s core foundation of English, developing the ability to fluently exchange information.  Then onto this basic framework the learner can add an increasingly broad variety of vocabulary and linguistic concepts, including a focus on immediately useful work-related language.  DynEd enables workers to use English at work with confidence - even when they have to “go off the script.”

DynEd’s Aviation English (either for Pilots or Controllers) is organized using the same flight stages familiar to aviation professionals, beginning with tasks and events that occur during Pre-flight, and continuing through Departure, En route, Approach and Landing.  DynEd presents the language associated with each stage and provides plenty of realistic listening and speaking practice in each context.  Module 6 presents cases studies of actual aviation emergencies and accidents to spur conversation about safety and best practices.

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