Web Tutorials


Voicing Basics
This tutorial introduces the basics of the concept of voicing for consonants.

Plosives (Basics)
This tutorial introduces the basic facts about the articulation of plosives.

Plosives (VOT and aspiration)
This tutorial on plosives deals with aspiration and voicing.

Online Intonation
This tutorial provides practice in associating the sound of an intonation pattern with a commonly used system of notating intonation in English.

Phonetic Flash
This group of exercises is intended for anyone who wishes to improve their knowledge of phonetic symbols.

Sound Machines
Some of the sound machines below will only operate correctly with Internet Explorer (version 4 or later). Some also need the phonetic font Ipa-sams Uclphon1 SILSophiaL to be installed on your computer (click here to get this font and others). If you do not have this font, the phonetic transcriptions will appear as ordinary characters.

  • The Vowel Machine
    The Vowel Machine will help you to recognise English vowel sounds. You will see words in ordinary spelling or in phonetic transcription. Your task is to choose the word you hear.
  • Transcriber
    Transcriber is a program which presents words in sound or in spelling or both. Your task is to type in a phonetic transcription of the words.
  • TONI
    TONI is a program designed to help you recognise the nuclear tones of English.
    PLATO is a program where you have to find the nuclear syllable in sentences which you hear.
  • Vgrid
    Vgrid gives you practice at using the vowel quadrilateral.


This tutorial provides an extensive introduction to our sensation of the loudness of sounds.

This tutorial provides an extensive introduction to our sensation of the Pitch of sounds.


This tutorial provides an elementary introduction to the mathematics of Logarithms. Logarithms are useful in many areas of speech and hearing science.

Absolute Beginners C++

The Absolute Beginners C++ course is an elementary introduction to programming using the language C++.

Absolute Beginners MATLAB

The Absolute Beginners MATLAB course is an elementary introduction to programming using the MATLAB system.

Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

This course, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing, introduces the fundamental concepts and algorithms of digital signal processing. The subject is approached through simple implementations of the algorithms in C++.

Introduction to SALT

The Introduction to Speech Applications Language Tags tutorial demonstrates how to build spoken language dialogue applications on a Windows PC using the free Microsoft Speech add-in for Internet Explorer. The tutorial takes you through the SALT architecture and software installation then gives working demonstrations of the SALT language using speech synthesis and speech recognition.

Authoring your own Web Tutorials

You may be interested in trying out the WTUTOR system for building web tutorials. This allows you to deliver interactive teaching through the web using only word processing and other freely available software.