In the modules that follow there are two ways to become familiar with the sound of conversation and the transcription conventions developed to represent them.
The first module, an interactive glossary, allows you to associate the symbols developed for transcribing conversation with the sounds they represent. After you have become somewhat familiar with these symbols, you can try listening to a stretch of talk (module 2) while reading a transcript of it. If you run into any symbols you don't understand, play the sound again and attempt to figure what it represents, and how. Check the glossary (by clicking on the symbol) to make sure you were right.
Once you have worked through these two modules (several times?) you can quit this program and begin the exercise in the word processing program of your choice.
Click on the right arrow to enter the glossary.