>Choose between "static" or "dynamic" teaching materials

>During one of my rants against coursebooks a teacher challenged me: “Dave Kees would like to see coursebooks that are more alive and dynamic. That would be wonderful. However, it is the teacher who brings life to the material. A dull teacher could make the most creative material tedious and mind-numbingly boring.”

I agree with her 100%! But forgive me for my lack of clarity. I don’t mean to make or conduct an engaging and interesting lesson. I mean that parts of the course can quickly and easily change according to various needs. It’s time to have dynamic teaching materials.

One definition for “dynamic” in The American Heritage Dictionary describes is: “An interactive system or process, especially one involving competing or conflicting forces.”

It is interesting how the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia puts it: “Refers to operations performed ‘on the fly,’ which are based on decisions made while the program is running rather than beforehand. The expression, ‘buffers are dynamically created,’ means that space is created when actually needed, not reserved ahead of time. The expression, ‘data is compressed onto the disk dynamically’ means that the compression algorithms are being applied when the data is being written rather than before. Contrast with static.”

Hmmm, contrast with “static”. Are you static or dynamic?

Photo: Get the students out of the classroom and take them to Ikea. My corporate English students learning how to talk about Ikea’s innovative marketing experience at Ikea.

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