Lesson 1

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This is an extract of our Lesson 1. Some parts of this lesson may be slightly different from the online lesson and is intended to be an example of how our lessons are set out, with examples of worksheets, exercises, dictations etc.,

This lesson covers the Teeline alphabet and how to join letters together. You will learn some short forms called 'special outlines'. These are easier ways of writing outlines that occur regularly in the English language. There are quite a few in each lesson and the more you learn the quicker you'll be able to write. However, once you've learnt the very common ones, you can be selective and learn only those you think you'll use regularly. It's better to learn a few that will come to mind automatically than learn lots, not so well.

This lesson includes exercises, drills, a quiz and videos to help learn this part of the theory. Do not feel you need to do everything. They are there so you have a variety of learning tools and choice. However, you should complete the three-part assignment at the bottom of the page as this consolidates all the theory in the lesson and tests your transcription ability and speed before you move on to the next lesson.

Suggested timetable:

The suggested timetable below will enable you to complete this lesson in 1 week. This is purely optional, you can, of course, work to your own timescales

Target:

  •  Familiarisation of vowels and their uses

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Aim

By the end of Lesson One you should be able to write the letters of the alphabet, including additional 'combination characters', and the special outlines, quickly and easily from memory.

Writing in Teeline - unnecessary letters

As mentioned before, unnecessary vowels and consonants are omitted and words can still be read easily. The gist of the sentence will help. A vowel that is sounded at the beginning and end of a word must be written.

Now try Exercise 1.

Exercise 1

The following passage includes only the essential vowels. See how quickly you can read it:

U shld b abl t rd ths wth a lt o vwls tkn out. Ths is hw Tln is frmd by usng a qkr wa o rting th alfbt. U cn us a pn or pncl to rt Tln, tho a pn is btr as it flws acrs th pg esly n wnt brk. Hwvr, u ma us wtvr u fl mst cmfrtabl wth.

You should be able to read this with a lot of vowels taken out. This is how Teeline is formed by using a quicker way of writing the alphabet. You can use a pen or pencil to write Teeline, though a pen is better as it flows across the page easily and won"t break. However, you must use whatever you feel most comfortable with.

Teeline letters are taken from the longhand letters either capital or small versions. They keep the same positions as in longhand at the beginning of a word i.e. G, J, P and Q go through the line and T is written on or just above the line representing the cross stroke of a capital T. Other letters are placed on the line.

Teeline letters are the same sizes as in longhand. Vowels are smaller than the consonants. There are two versions of each vowel called the full vowel and the indicator. Vowels will be covered in more detail later and are used in this lesson only for special outlines.

The arrow next to the letters shows the direction they should be written. Sometimes, two versions of the same letter are shown. The first version is more common and the second is used to make it easier to join to other letters.

Now have a look at the first half of the alphabet.

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Here they are written in order:

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Video - The alphabet part 1

Here is Alison with a demonstration on writing the alphabet - part 1.

The worksheets

The worksheets are designed to help you write fluently and quickly in Teeline and learn the new letters. You need to copy the printed Teeline directly onto the worksheet as smoothly as you can, saying the letter or letters over in your mind as you write.

Before you begin Worksheet One, familiarise yourself with the alphabet. Complete the worksheet and then test yourself again to see if you know the alphabet thoroughly.

You can download the worksheets by clicking on the image and sending it to a printer. If you do not have a printer available, copy the worksheet on to lined paper, leaving spare lines below (about 3 extra lines) to write your own Teeline.

Worksheet 1 - The Alphabet

Print or copy the following worksheet and practice writing the alphabet in Teeline by copying on to the rows below.

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Dictation - The Alphabet part 1

The following recording tests your knowledge of the alphabet. See how quickly you can recall the Teeline letters, without looking. First in order and then randomly.

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Now you have completed the dictation, read or transcribe into longhand the letters you've just written. Circle any letters you're unsure of. Replay the dictation to check if you have transcribed the dictation correctly. Drill the letters you didn't know a number of times so that you can remember them. Then try the dictation again.

Alphabet part 2

Now have a look at the second part of the alphabet:

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Here they are written in order:

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Video - Writing the alphabet - part 2

Here is a demonstration on writing the second half of the alphabet.

Worksheet 2 - The alphabet part 2

When you have familiarised yourself with the second half of the alphabet complete Worksheet 2, filling in the three lines. As with Worksheet One, once you have completed it test yourself to see if you know the alphabet thoroughly.

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Dictation - The alphabet part 2

Here's a dictation of the second half of the alphabet. As before, in order first and then mixed up.

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As before, read over your outlines and make sure you know the second part of the alphabet well.

Joining consonants

Whenever possible, letters are written in one stroke without lifting the pen. The first letter is usually written in its correct position and the following letters always retain their original size and shape.

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* Here 'c' as with other small horizontal letters can start above or on the line.

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Video - Joined consonants

Here is a demonstration on joining consonants.

Dictation - Joining letters

In this dictation, you are going to be joining letters. Try to do it first time without taking your pen off the paper. If you do hesitate, stop the recording and write each letter separately and then try joining them. When you've finished, see what words the combinations make.

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Now that you've completed the dictation, check the outlines with the lesson theory and correct any errors and try the dictation again.

More about letters

More combinations:

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Forming words - letters that are not sounded are omitted:

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When a double letter occurs, only one is represented:

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Sizes: To demonstrate the correct sizes of 'u', 'o' indicator and 'w', imagine a cup, saucer and plate:

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Exercise 2 - Letters in Teeline

See how quickly you can recognise the following letters:

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Joined letters

Common letter combinations are represented by the following Teeline characters:

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'cm' - It would be difficult to join 'c' and 'm' so a Teeline 'c' is written as wide as M to represent 'cm':

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'cn' - Another difficult joining would be 'c' and 'n'. In Teeline, the 'n' is reversed to represent 'c'-vowel-'n'

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'sh' - This is a special sign joined to other letters and used to represent the word 'shall':

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'pl' - when 'l' follows 'p' with no vowels in between, a Teeline 'l' is written through the line to represent 'p' followed immediately by 'l':

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Dictation - joined letters

Here are some combinations using joined letters 'ch' 'th' 'wh' and sh which don't forget is a longhand 's'.

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Now you have completed the dictation, see if you can read the outlines you've written and correct any errors. Redo the dictation if you'd like.

Dictation - combination characters

Remind yourself of the special combinations 'cm' and 'cn' and try these words:

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Now you have completed the dictation, see if you can read the outlines you've written and correct any errors. Redo the dictation if you'd like.

Exercise 3 - words in Teeline

Read the following words. Write them in longhand and then without looking, write them again in Teeline.

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1. chain/chin
2. blame
3. view
4. manager
5. paper/pepper
6. stop/step/steep
7. claim/calm/clam
8. make
9. time/team/tame
10. mud/made
11.bear/bar/beer
12. neighbour

Dictation - writing words

Now to consolidate the alphabet, try these words containing all the letters covered

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Now you have completed the dictation, go back and transcribe into longhand what you have just written. Circle any words you are unsure of. Replay the dictation to check if you have transcribed the dictation correctly. The words you were unsure of - drill them a number of times so that you can remember them. Then try the dictation again.

Hint

The letter 'l' can be written upwards, but never at the beginning of a word. It is usually used after a stroke that is written downwards so that it doesn't reach the line below. It is easier to write 'l' upwards after 'm', 'n', 'h' and 'p'.

After writing 'l' upwards, the letters 't' and 'd' are disjoined see the illustration below for examples:

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Special outlines

Here are the first of the special outlines. These are commonly used words that are represented by a short cut in Teeline. You must learn them thoroughly by drilling as you do with the worksheets. Keep revising them as you go through the course and learn new ones. The more you know, the faster you will be able to write.

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Dictation - special outlines

See how quickly you can take down the special outlines.

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Now you have completed the dictation, go back read the special outlines you've written. Circle any words you are unsure of. Replay the dictation to check if you have transcribed the words correctly then try the dictation again. Once you have learnt the special outlines, try exercises four and five.

Exercise 4 - sentences in Teeline

See how easily you can read the following sentences:

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Dictation - sentences

Now try these dictated sentences. See how you would write the following words first and drill them a few times before listening to the recording:

clothes, parcel, behind, contact, manager, compare, select, best

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Now you have completed the dictation, go back and transcribe into longhand what you've just written. Circle any words you are unsure of. Replay the dictation to check if you have transcribed the dictation correctly. Any words you were unsure of - drill them a few times so that you can remember them. Then try the dictation again.

Exercise 5 - special outlines

See how quickly you can recognise the following special outlines':

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Video - special outlines - test yourself

Test yourself on the following outlines. At the end, you can check yourself by looking at the answer to Exercise 5 above.

Punctuation

A long diagonal line is used for a full stop - it can be written either upwards or downwards.

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Nouns

Nouns are shown by two dashes below the word, just to show it's a name so not necessary at the beginning of a sentence:

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Progress check

By the end of Lesson 1, you should be able to:

  •  Write the letters of the alphabet
  •  Recognise and write the joined letters
  •  Write the first set of special outlines fluently and quickly from memory

Remember

Teeline is personal and flexible. You may decide that you don't want to write the outlines exactly as shown. For example, you may wish to include vowels for clarity and make up your own short cuts. We will use a mixture of outlines with and without the vowels throughout the lessons. Remember of course, that the special outlines are optional - it's better to learn a few very well, rather than lots that take the time to remember when you're taking dictation at speed.

Assignments

There are no answers available for these, however, if you are a Gold Member you can send these in for marking by email. You will need to scan your work, or take a picture with a camera/phone then attach these to your emails.

It's best if you complete all three pieces: a, b and c and send them all at once so that you get the benefit of the feedback before you move on. If you need more time you can go back and revise and consolidate to ensure you can recall the alphabet and special outlines automatically before you try the assignments and submit them.

Gold/Platinum members - instructions for submitting assignments:

How to submit assignments

When submitting assignments, please put your name and membership number, starting with GO, PL or IJ at the beginning and whether the piece is a) b) or c).

When taking dictations and doing the final dictation assignment, write on every line and then write the transcription below.

Whenever you take dictations, always write on every line, don"t leave a line space below. In order to produce, neat, easy to read and condensed outlines that help with speed and especially if your writing is particularly large, you can draw a line down the middle of the page (as shown below) and write on one side only. You could have a margin on the left side for notes and grip the bottom of the page with your free hand ready to turn the page over.

When submitting the dictation piece (C) I need to check the longhand transcription as well as the Teeline. The third dictation piece should look like this:

assignment example

When you have finished your assignments, you should then either scan or take a photo with your phone/tablet etc., Save as a PDF or JPG and then use the link at the top or bottom of the page to open your email programme and send your assignments as an attachment. If you open your email programme manually then ensure you send your assignments to us.

Assignments

You are now ready to test your progress with the assignments.

Assignment A

These pieces test your reading. You need only submit the longhand. You can choose one piece to send in or submit both.

A1:

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A2:

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Remember - you only need to submit just the longhand transcription of this assignment

Assignment B

These pieces test your transcription into Teeline. You need only submit the Teeline. You can choose one piece to send in or submit both.

Hint

Be careful with the word 'when' - it needs the 'h'.

B1:

  •  Please type this letter.
  •  Can I come to the shops when you go?
  •  The man from the garage said get the car to him today.
  •  How do you use this machine?
  •  Wash your hands and get the dinner plates.

B2:

  •  Will you go to Spain from Gatwick?
  •  The department head told me to come to the car park to give him the letters.
  •  The accident today made me late and I could not get to the shops.
  •  I came when I could and you should not blame me when you came late
  •  The camp site was near the local shops but not very close to the village.

Gold/Platinum members - remember you just need to submit just your Teeline transcription of this assignment

Assignment C

This final piece is a dictation and will test your ability to write at speed and read back your own Teeline shorthand. If the Teeline is not perfect, it doesn't matter, as long as you've transcribed it accurately.

Your tutor will correct the Teeline only if they think you could write something more effectively. Therefore you MUST submit the LONGHAND transcription and the original TEELINE.

The dictation is at 30 words per minute.

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  •  Take the letter to the box.
  •  Go and find the dog the lady bought today.
  •  Tell the manager to stop and go home.
  •  The Chairman told me to call him today.
  •  Tell the lady to sit there till I get her help.

Gold/Platinum members - For this assignment, you should listen to the sound file and take your dictation in Teeline. When you have finished the exercise, transcribe your Teeline into longhand without looking at the text on this page. You should then submit both the longhand and Teeline, please. It doesn't matter for the dictations if the Teeline outlines are not taken down perfectly, as long as you can read them back. Therefore, we will mark your longhand and correct the Teeline only if an outline can be written more fluently or quickly.


Learn more and increase your speed

Now you have learnt the basic theory you can move on to build your skills to increase your speed. Our online lessons will guide you through more techniques, word groupings, blending, special outlines with exercises, dictations, worksheets, quizzes, passages to transcribe etc., Dictations will increase in speed as you go through the lessons. You can choose to work on your own or with support from our tutor. You will receive unlimited access to the lessons and can work at your own pace. You can view the prices and features for each level here.

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