I have only just discovered this lovely wee gadgeteasi

 This intuitive and robust digital voice recorder enables pupils to capture good quality voice/sound/music recordings on the move, enabling them to become roving reporters. The device includes a built-in microphone and speaker, with intuitive controls for recording, playing back, and skipping files. Recordings can be captured directly to either MP3 (ideal for podcasts) or WAV formats, and can then be downloaded to a PC via the integral USB port.

It’s the integral USB port  that makes this so user friendly. What a boon for learners who can ‘write 2 sentences but speak 2 pages’.