Tara Arsih Wijayani


Digital Audio Recording is a media formed in CDs to enhance students' listening skill. Digital audio recording was conducted in relation to the fact that there are a lot of students who have learned English for several years but they are still reluctant to speak. The process of using digital audio recording started with listening session to show some examples of a situational conversation and the expressions that can be used in it. The expressions were in common situations that students usually face in daily speaking English. The next steps were composing their own speaking as well exposed in the listening materials and recording their voice in a digital form using sound recording in a computer. Using digital audio recording created atmosphere of fun to the students to start speaking in English after they have got the exposure from the listening materials. The students are allowed to operate their recording and listen again to what they have produced in speaking.

Digital audio recording is an electrical or mechanical inscription and re creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice. Digital audio recording was used in this research as digital audio records in listening materials and the students' projects. Digital audio records can be kept eternally as long as they are not corrupted by virus. Other goodness of digital audio recording is it can track precisely any parts wanted by the listeners. So the teachers could easily which part was needed to repeat for some times. It made listening activities easier to conduct and clearer in quality of sounds compared to analogue one.

The events depicted the process of learning speaking in language laboratory and in the classroom and how students are learning speaking using digital audio recording. By looking into their learning and performance in speaking using digital audio recording, it can be seen how far this phenomenon affects students' language production. It would show their enjoyment in learning English and they could see their weakness in performing speaking. Students' reflection on using digital audio recording to learn speaking was to hear the students' voice on it. Teacher's voice was also used as supporting points on how this phenomenon contributes to students' performance in speaking. Moreover, digital audio recording helps them to know their speaking skill level and hopefully would improve their speaking ability.

The findings of the research contribute to the understanding of the phenomenon, that using digital audio recording becomes the needs and is beneficial to support students in learning a-language to improve their productive skill i.e. speaking ability and performance, personally for their future careers. For the teachers, it can be beneficial to pedagogical suggestions. The findings imply suggested learning activities regarding to students' autonomy and empowerment. Eventually, the findings of this research would humbly contribute in increasing life quality in broad understanding.


Digital audio recording, learning speaking

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JEE: Journal of English and Education
Published by English Education Department, Faculty of Psychology and Socio-cultural Sciences, Universitas Islam Indonesia

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