Using WTT as a learner

Getting started

In order to use WTT, you must obtain a group name from your tutor. This is required during the registration process.

Once you have your group name, you can register as a new user. Your details will be viewable by your tutor, but they will not be disclosed to any third party except in an anonymised form, and then solely for the purposes of academic linguistic research.

After registration, you will see a list of transcriptions which your tutor wishes you to attempt. An example is shown below, although the size and content of the list you see will probably differ from this.

Click on the name of the transcription to initiate the attempt. The first time you do this in any given session At this point, your screen will look something like this:

The display is divided into four regions. The lower part is an on-screen phonetic keyboard, and contains the symbols required for transcription in a given language/accent combination (NB in the most recent version, the keyboard is not shown by default but can be displayed and moved around at will). The middle region contains, on the left, the text that you are asked to transcribe, together with a space for entering your transcription. The bar separating the left and right parts can be moved to produce the most comfortable view of each part. Finally, the upper part of the display contains controls which allow you to submit your attempt and to receive feedback.

Attempting a transcription

Now you are ready to start transcribing! Use the on-screen phonetic keyboard to input individual symbols, and use normal editing operations to select, cut-and-paste and delete symbols. You can also use your normal keyboard to input some of the symbols. Apart from the obvious cases such as the use of the 'd' key for /d/, you can determine which key to press by letting the mouse hover above the appropriate key on the on-screen keyboard. Note that not all keys are bound to your computer keyboard. For these, you will have to use the on-screen keyboard.


Once you have made your first attempt at the entire transcription, press the 'submit' button. After (hopefully) a short wait, the tool will be ready to provide feedback.

Getting feedback on your transcription

Transcriptions suffer from 3 types of error:

The tool presents 4 different types of feedback to help you find and correct these errors.

However, to encourage active learning, not all options are likely to be available to you initially. For example, you may not be able to access the correct solution until your 5th attempt, if at all. Feedback phasing is controlled by your tutor.

Feedback is initiated by the controls at the top of the tool:

Selecting one of these controls produces the following:

The figure below demonstrates the feedback given (words in error) after a typical attempt. Note also that the overall score is shown in the top left hand corner.

Here is a typical error listing: