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Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Sevillana, Jan 26, 2011.
We invested in MP3 players with voice recording capability. They can be used for individual listening (good for AS and A2 where they need control of the recording) as well as recording on (last year's A level orals and current GCSE speaking controlled assessments). I asked a colleague who asked a friend who had done copious research on the same thing and she suggested Sony Walkman NWZ-B142. Can be plugged into USB port so really easy to transfer material from computer to device and vice versa. They record as MP3s so there's no bother trying to convert the Audacity files to MP3. We got them for around £30 each.
Joe Dale is really your man for this. Try starting a new thread entitled Dear Joe so he will definitely give an answer.
In the meantime do a quick dearch back through previous posts as this is a commonly asked question & see what Joe says are the latest advances.
Here are some of the features you should look for in a digital voice recorder:
1- 2GB storage
records directly as mp3
inbuilt speaker to play back recordings
inbuilt microphone and the possibility of connecting an external microphone if necessary
connects via USB and doesn't need any other software to work
drag and drop interface
is easy to use
runs on rechargeable batteries
Mp3 files can be burned on to CD
Suggested DVRs - Phillips Voice Tracer, Easi-speak Pro, models by Olympus, Sanyo and Sony
Hope that helps
We use these. Like the others mentioned they plug into the computer, have great recording quality and the pupils don't find them off-putting like they did with previous methods.
We recently purchased Olympus VN-8600PC. They are fantastic. Lightweight, small, excellent sound quality (without having to purchase a microphone) and most importantly VERY easy to use! They plug straight into USB on computer and it opens five folders. You can choose which folder to record in on the recorder, ie I have Spanish in one, German in another and French in another, that way on the computer I open up folder A and all recordings are there for Spanish in MP3 format. I sound like I work for them- I promise you I don't, it's just that I never thought there would be a product that was so easy to use!
I have just got a Phillips Voice Tracer 7675. How easy to use..... Plugs into a computer (obviously) to download the recordings. Unobtrusive for the dreaded speaking exams. Yum !
We have used Easi-Speak. Really straightforward and easy to download