Voice Recorders: Pocket-Sized Language Labs

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George Higginbotham, John Tennant, Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University


In this paper we discuss the use of digital voice recorders, a tool not initially developed for language learners, but one that provides a number of benefits for language learning. To exemplify how voice recorders can be effectively utilized, we examine a semester-long task-based project. We argue that voice recorders are a useful addition to this project as they allow students to collect authentic material and repeatedly listen to this material at their own pace and speed. Other benefits discussed include allowing teachers to effectively differentiate listening and spoken tasks and increasing student autonomy and motivation. Common problems in using these devices are also addressed.