Design Features

DynEd's Blended Approach | The best way to learn English

DynEd's English language learning programs are a major step forward in English Language teaching. Based on extensive classroom experience, the latest research into how people learn, and upon data gathered and analyzed over 20 years in the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL), DynEd courses and assessment tools take full advantage of what advanced technologies and neuroscientific research can provide.

There are significant differences between traditional, text-based approaches and the listening-based, iconic approach that is at the heart of DynEd's Recursive Hierarchical Recognition (RHR) design. DynEd's ESL solutions have proven themselves in quality programs around the world and are on the leading edge of a transformation in language education.

Recursive Hierarchical Recognition

Developed by DynEd's founder, Lance Knowles, this cognitive, brain-based approach to English language learning resonates with how the human brain has evolved to search for, recognize and employ language patterns for efficient language processing. Learning proceeds in a recursive fashion, employing the brain's hierarchical memory structure in ways that a linear approach cannot. Multimodal language input and practice facilitate language pattern recognition, comprehension, and subsequent chunking - the key to fluency in all four skills.
To see why DynEd's approach is the best way to learn English, please read Theory & Research.

Placement Testing

DynEd's computer-adaptive Placement Tests quickly place students into the appropriate courses and ensure that they study at the optimum level. Access to the tests is controlled through the Records Manager.

Mastery Testing

DynEd's core courses include a series of Mastery Tests to help teachers evaluate a learner's progress and to confirm correct placement into the courses. Access to the Mastery Tests is controlled through the Records Manager. Test items are randomly chosen from a sequence of item banks to ensure variation for each learner and from one test occurrence to another.

Records Management and Assessment

DynEd's award-winning Records Manager simplifies class management by allowing teachers and administrators to effectively manage the installation, lesson access, testing, and on-going monitoring of student activities. Specifically designed for language learning, the Records Manager tracks, analyzes, and makes recommendations that greatly improve the language learning process, reduce costs and increase student motivation. In addition, the records can be printed or exported into existing database systems.

An important new feature of the Records Manager is the Intelligent Tutor and its study scoring system. This provides a quick way to assess and modify the quality of study activities.

Appropriate Role for Technology

DynEd maximizes the effective use of multimedia technology, but recognizes its limits as well. DynEd's core courses work in a cost-effective 'blend' with classroom support, giving students the opportunity to extend and personalize the language content. Extensive and easy-to-use teacher-support materials are readily accessible, including tests, lesson plans, and DynEd's Teacher Training Course.

Multimodal Learning

Language models are presented and practiced in ways that facilitate comprehension and long-term language acquisition. DynEd's unique "iconic" approach coordinates visual information with auditory input in ways not possible with textbooks or classroom-only approaches. This allows the learning sequence to follow the natural path: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In addition, multimodal activities work well for students with different learning styles.

Fully Interactive

Learners are active and engaged when using DynEd's time-based interface. Within a lesson, learners can move backward or forward, repeat a sentence or phrase as many times as needed, record and monitor their voices, and use clear visual support that aids comprehension. In addition, learners are actively coached to demonstrate the level of their comprehension by completing a variety of learning tasks that are lesson-specific and which can alter the depth of the language presentation through DynEd's patented 'shuffler' mechanism. All activities are monitored for learning efficiency - not just time on task.
As a result, DynEd solutions engage and hold the attention of learners and cut learning time significantly.

Scope and Sequence

In DynEd's core courses, such as First English, English for Success, and New Dynamic English, the presentation of language takes advantage of the human brain's hierarchical memory structure. No other provider of English language courseware has developed this conceptual approach to sequencing. For more information, please read our published papers on the learning theory behind DynEd's pedagogy.

Visual Support

Animated graphics and videos provide appropriate visual support for language input. Simple, uncluttered layout and a range of characters engage and motivate learners in various presentations, exercises, simulations, and games. DynEd designers are careful to control the intensity and brightness of colors in an effort to reduce eye strain, an important consideration for learners of all ages. The use of videos by DynEd is tempered by the fact that although they can be entertaining, they can also be distracting and in many cases are less effective than simple graphics at conveying important conceptual relationships. This helps to optimize cognitive load and leads to more efficient learning.

Adaptive Shuffler Technology

DynEd's patented Shuffler technology continuously monitors the progress of learners and dynamically adjusts the content according to learner performance. As a learner gains proficiency, the number of choices and the depth of the material increases. For learners having difficulty, the material tends to recycle more often and with fewer variations. In this way, the program responds to the student and thereby individualizes the presentation and learning tasks.

Speech Recognition

Voice RecognitionExcept in courses designed for young children, DynEd's core courses include Speech Recognition exercises. These motivating, highly effective exercises have proven to be a good way to get students to do the repetition work necessary to develop oral language proficiency.

Learner Convenience and Control

Learners can use DynEd programs with or without an active connection to the Internet, and they can study on a network in a lab at school or at work, or on a laptop at home or on an airplane. Once installed, they can be used anytime, anywhere.
All DynEd courses use the same interface on all computer platforms. Experience gained using one DynEd course is immediately applicable to any other DynEd course.

Reliability and User-Friendliness

DynEd's programs are reliable and are supported by people who care about quality. User data from around the world is collected, analyzed and used to update, improve, and refine all programs.