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The Digital Recorder Project was designed to present students with an opportunity to design and implement, as a class, a project that would address speaking and listening issues they experience as ESL students. Each student was required to observe their own speaking via a self-created digital recording and in conjunction with the class, design a unique, individualized method to work on issues he or she identified. This document will present the observations and conclusions about the nature of such a project from the teacher’s perspective. In addition, the paper will use transcripts of class recordings as a means of placing the reader in the classroom to observe the dynamic process of negotiating and creating the direction and output of the project. The aim of this paper is to show how an Exploratory Learning Project, fifteen classes in length, provided the means for students to not only address particular speaking issues, but to acquire skills and insight into their own learning process.


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition | Instructional Media Design