K-12 through University
Here are a few examples and studies of DynEd in schools and universities from around the world.
- Universidad Tecnológica Nacional
- Buenos Aires, Argentina: Since 2003, this University has built a successful extension program around DynEd programs. In a highly competitive market, they positioned their program as a novel English learning method. Using an underutilized 40 computer language lab in a nearby school, and selecting DynEd's New Dynamic English as their main syllabus, they were able to put their program on the map. Enrollment has steadily increased, mainly by word of mouth.
Most of their students use the language lab on a self-access basis, either before or after class, or any other day of the week. Students with busy schedules can also study at home with a home study version for a small additional fee.
The benefits obtained from the use of DynEd's products far outweigh the time and effort spent on training teachers and coaching learners to correctly use the programs. The success of our English learning program is largely due to our commitment to integrate technology with instructor-led courses, creating a powerful and efficient learning method.
- DynEd Adopted by Turkish Ministry of Education for Grades 4-8
- English has been identified as a national priority in Turkey, and DynEd's blended approach was viewed as the best way to scale up to meet this critical need. There are approximately 8.5 million students in these five grades in 22,000 schools around the country, but DynEd expects to reach only about 5 million who have access to computers in school at this time. More...
- Bahçelievler Nebahat Keskin Elementary School
- Ankara, Turkey: In a 3-month pilot study conducted by the Turkish Ministry of Education, 98 students in 4 classes rated DynEd highly. Plans are now underway for the integration of DynEd programs into schools throughout Turkey.
Among the results, 83.7% of the students said their motivation often or always increased with DynEd, 92.9% said they felt lucky to work on DynEd programs, 82.7% said DynEd enabled them to use their senses (sight, hearing, etc.) more actively, and 85% said their vocabulary was increasing with DynEd. In comparison, only 14.3% of the students said they want to study English in a classroom (without DynEd).
- Study Supports DynEd Use as Effective and Motivating
- BAŞ, G and Kuzucu, O: "Effects of CALL Method and DynEd Language Programme on Students Achievement Levels and Attitudes Towards the Lesson in English Classes," International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, Vol 6. No.7. July 2009
From the abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) method supported with the DynED language learning programme on student achievement levels and attitudes towards the lessons in the 6th grade. The research was carried out in the 2008 - 2009 school year in an elementary school in Turkey. A total of 60 students in two different classes in the 6th grade of this school participated in the study. The pre/post-test control group research model was used in this study. The data obtained in the study was analysed using the SPSS 11.0 statistics computer programme. The arithmetic means and standard deviations were calculated for each group. In order to test the significance between the groups, the t-test was used. The significance level was taken as .05.
The results of the research showed a significant difference between the attitude scores of the experiment group and the control group. It was also found out that the CALL method supported with the DynED language learning programme was more effective in positive development of achievement levels of students. The research revealed that the students educated by the CALL method supported with the DynED language learning programme are more successful, have a higher motivation and better retention than the students who are educated by traditional methods of instruction.
- Peking University's Business School
- Beijing, China: DynEd's training partners in China have succeeded with the MBA students at Guanghua Business School. This semi-intensive, 12-week program uses an integrated suite of DynEd products, including New Dynamic English, The Lost Secret, English by the Numbers, and Advanced Listening. It is now in its fifth year and is widely respected for its high quality.
- Marumsco Hills Elementary
- Woodbridge, Virginia, (Prince William County): This school first installed DynEd in early 2006, received DynEd's teacher training, and have now renewed a second time. Their younger students appear to be working well with Let's Go, and their upper elementary school students like the pairing of First English and English for Success.
- Michigan State University
- East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State is a major research university, with a large foreign student population. Their English Language Center is a program that allows foreign students to receive instruction in English before they can register for regular courses at MSU. This is the intensive English program. Students come from all over the world, although the majority come from Asia and the Middle East. They first began to use DynEd in early 2007 with a pilot program. They now use the Business English Series courses, with students using mostly New Dynamic English as their main course.
The MSU program has several levels and DynEd courses are used at all levels. Their aim is to increase oral fluency while also developing the academic English skills in reading and writing that the students will need to succeed at MSU. Michigan State is also one of the few universities or institutions in the US that deliver the blended approach - where classroom activities personalize and extend DynEd content from the software. This approach is supported by DynEd's comprehensive Teacher Guides and Extension Activities.
Contact person is Carol Wilson-Duffy, Faculty member.
- Troy University
- Troy, Alabama: Troy University is a small private university in southern Alabama. Troy has a program called the American English Group. The students are all foreign students, and they use our Business English Series courses. The main course is New Dynamic English, plus the business courses, such as Dynamic Business English, Functioning in Business, and English by the Numbers. They also use advanced level courses like Advanced Listening. They first installed DynEd in May, 2007, and have since renewed their license. Contact person: David Kent, Director of English as a Foreign Language Program.
- Dixie Unified School District
- San Rafael, California:
DynEd is an incredible tool for our small district with limited resources. Students work independently at their own ability level and pace so we can meet the needs of students from multiple grade and language levels at the same time.
Students using the program for only 15 minutes a day show a tremendous amount of progress in a very short time. Our classroom teachers are impressed with the results. As a subgroup, our English learners have made gains in state testing. I am confident that the use of DynEd as part of our ELD program has contributed to that growth.
The new Records option gives teachers instant feedback and clear, easy to read graphs that are helpful to use for parent conferences. DynEd's tech and training support is incredible. The followup training allows our instructional assistants to feel very competent in using the program.
EL Program Coordinator
- Live Oak School District
- Santa Cruz, California: This is a medium-size school district. They have installed DynEd district wide, at elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, and have received DynEd teacher training. The program appears to be doing well. The younger students use Let's Go and their older students use First English and English For Success.
- Milton-Freewater School District
- Milton-Freewater, Oregon: This is a small school district in northeast Oregon. DynEd is installed (K-12 series) in three elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools. They first installed at the end of 2006, along with DynEd teacher training, and have since renewed.
- La Canada Unified School District
- La Canada, California:
Our EL population is small and growing rapidly. Students come to us from many different language backgrounds and it is quite difficult to find staff members who can assist them in their primary language. Teachers needed more tools in addressing these students' needs. DynEd has been fantastic! The software programs are a great resource for teachers and kids love it! We have seen remarkable progress in student performance for those who use the programs regularly.
The support and follow-up from the DynEd staff is top notch. It has been a pleasure to work with representatives from the company whether they are in the technology, sales or training departments. They are very responsive and creative which made the installation implementation of the DynEd programs very smooth.
We also offered the use of the software programs to adults in our community to improve their English. DynEd is not only an excellent tool for our students, but also a valuable asset for our community as a whole."
Lindi Dreibelbis Arthur
Director of Assessment, Research and Consolidated Programs
La Canada Unified School DistrictI took my 10 students (2nd period ELD 1,2,3) to the IRC for the first time today and we spent a good hour there. The students took their initial placement test and were shocked at their scores. I had two 0.2 scores; four 0.5 scores; two 0.7 scores; and two 1.0 scores. Several of them thought they were "better" than they really were, and I think their scores were eye-opening. We will probably do DynEd about 3 times a week. I think it's easy to maneuver and control. The students are getting the hang of it as well."
Jane Cho, ELD Teacher
La Canada High School
- Ministry of Education, French Polynesia
- The Ministry of Education has once again extended and expanded the use of DynEd's award-winning product for kids, Let's Go, this time for five more years beginning in 2012. Teacher training and program support was through Skillsize International, DynEd's partner in France.
- English Language Institute, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University
- Saudi Arabia: This program appreciates DynEd's focus on the oral skills: "Unlike other programs, DynEd uses listening as the foundation for the development of other skills, and speaking as a means to practice and extend what is learned. Integral teacher-facilitated classes further extend the DynEd program, allowing students to interact with both the teacher and other students in a more natural environment, developing their English language skills even further. The structure and success of the program at Prince Mohammad University's English Language Institute has given students a major step forward in English language acquisition."
- Showa Women's University
- Tokyo, Japan: Kevin Ryan shares some thoughts on successfully using New Dynamic English in his University lab. More...