About our lessons

Our online course offers you ten Teeline shorthand lessons, plus a minute taking course, advanced exercises for those wanting to refresh their Teeline, 250+ dictations ranging from 30 wpm to 120 wpm. Below you will find examples from our lessons to give you an idea of how they are constructed and the types of exercises, videos, worksheets etc., that are included in the course.

Suggested timetables:

At the begining of each lesson is a suggested timetable that you can choose to work to if you wish. However, you can complete the lessons at your own pace if you wish.


Example of a timetable that you cn work to:




At the begining of each lesson you will also find the aims of the lesson. For example:

"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."

Theory explanation

The theory is clearly explained throughout the lessons - for example:

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.

Example images

There are plenty of graphics throughout the lessons to demonstrate the theory - for example:

How to write the Teeline alphabet is clearly explained.

example alphabet part 1


Each lesson has plenty of exercises for you to practice the theory you have just learned. For example:

Exercise 1 - Writing in Teeline - unnecessary letters

In Teeline, unnecessary vowels and consonants can be omitted and yet 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.

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.

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Exercise 10 - words in Teeline

Read the following words. Remember they could, of course, have more than one meaning depending on the context of the sentence in which they occur:

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Exercise 32

Transcribe the following sentences into longhand:

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There are plenty of video demonstrations throughout the lessons.

Video - vowel endings - adding 'c'


Video - Invisible 'r': Alison explains the theory of the invisible 'r'



Throughout the lessons there are dictations to practice the theory that you have learned and start writing at speeds. Here is a selection of them:

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.

Play dictation

Exercise 21 - dictation - 1.45 minutes at 40wpm

Play Dictation

Prepared speed building dictation 90wpm

This dictation is aimed at building your speed. Keep working on it until you can write all of it and are able to read it back to yourself.

Play dictation



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.

Here are some examples

Worksheet 7 - Words in Teeline


Preparation dictation worksheet 2 - 1 minute at 60 wpm


Progress check

There are progress checks in each lesson so that you can check your learning before moving on. For example: 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



At the end of each lesson is a three part assignment.

Example Assignments Lesson 1


Assignment A

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






Assignment B

These pieces test your transcription into Teeline.


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


  •  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.


  •  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.


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.

sampleimage Play dictation

  •  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.


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