About our lessons

There are ten online lessons - below you will find examples from our lessons to give you an idea of how our lessons are constructed and the types of exercises, videos, worksheets etc., that we have included.

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.

Target:

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Aim

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 explained in each lesson - 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. Teeline letters are the same sizes as in longhand. Vowels are smaller than 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.

Example images

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

alphabet part 1

Exercises:

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.

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.

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:

case, boasted, guessed, visited
stubborn, recorded, dated, stated
imply, pleasure, ship, when
counted, compare, attended, supply

Exercise 32

Transcribe the following sentences into longhand:

1. The bride and bridegroom celebrated in style and honeymooned abroad.

2. The British weather is very unpredictable and can be pretty bad.

3. The secretary agreed with the committee members to change the brochure.

4. The builders created a huge concrete tower across from the park.

5. This house is private and is well protected from possible press attention.

6. It is a secret and I am not going to break my silence and tell you!

 

Videos

There are plenty of video demonstrations throughout the lessons - here are a few of them:

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

 

Video - vowel endings - adding 'c'

 

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

 

Dictations

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

 

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.

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

 

Assignments

At the end of each lesson is a three part assignment. Depending upon the level that you join you can submit these to our tutor for assessment and feedback.

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.

A1:

L1AssA

A2:

L1AssA

Remember - you only need to submit just the longhand transcriptionof 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.

 

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.

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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.

 

Example Assignments Lesson 9

 

Assignment A

Transcribe the following into longhand:


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Gold/Platinum members - submit just your longhand transcription of this assignment.

 

Assignment B

Transcribe the following passage into Teeline

 

Sally, I am leaving for the airport on Sunday. Please arrange a taxi to collect me from my house at 8.30 am, prompt. As agreed, you will be meeting me on Monday 30th on my return. I propose to stop by the office for a short while on my way home so would be pleased if you could provide me with tea and light refreshment while I am working. We will need a special permit to get in the building at the weekend, but we can pick it up when we arrive there. Many thanks; I will see you next Saturday.


Gold/Platinum members - submit just your Teeline transcription of this assignment.

 

Assignment C - 80 wpm

Learn these words before you start the dictation that follows:

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This dictation is at 80 wpm.

Play Dictation


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