Transcription for Speech and Language Therapists: Back to basics refresher  CPD

Course Information

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tbc 09:00 Half day £90.00 CS6070 Register Interest

Course Content

This course provides an opportunity for practising Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) to refresh their knowledge of phonetics and transcription. Although these are core aspects of SLT training, they are also skills that can be forgotten if they are not used for a period of time.  The course works as a refresher for those who feel they would like to boost their basic transcription skills. It covers aspects such as voice, place and manner of consonants, vowel classification, and transcription symbols for the Southern British English speech sounds.  Practical exercises are included throughout, and the course is taught in a friendly and facilitative manner, with the aim of increasing participants’ confidence in their transcription skills.

Tutor Info

Dr. Rachael-Anne Knight is a phonetician with 17 years’ experience teaching in higher education, including 12 years teaching Speech and Language Therapy students at City, University of London. Her research work covers clinical phonetics, and the thoughts and feelings of SLTs about phonetics and transcription.  She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a National Teaching Fellow.


Participants will be practicing Speech and Language Therapists who would like to refresh their skills in core phonetics and transcription.  Participants may be using transcription in their current role, or it may be a long time since they have had the opportunity to transcribe.

What will I learn?

Participants will refresh their core phonetics and transcription skills, focussing on Southern British English. We will cover the rationale for transcription, as well as the different transcription options available. Our focus will be on description and transcription of Southern British English consonants and vowels. By the end of the course participants will have refreshed concepts such as voice, place and manner, vowel classification, and the symbols for transcription of Southern British English.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will be highly interactive with many opportunities for participants to put their transcription skills to use and discuss their progress with the tutor and each other. Although all participants will have knowledge of phonetics and transcription from their pre-registration training, the course will start at the very beginning to ensure a common understanding.  The course will include a graded series of exercises for participants’ to test their own skills and knowledge, with the ultimate aim of increasing their confidence in their transcription skills.

Recommended Reading

Knight, R-A. (2012). Phonetics: A coursebook. Cambridge: CUP

Lecumberri, M., & Maidment, J. A. (2014). English transcription course. Routledge.

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