Pitman Training

Teeline Fast Shorthand

Course Outline

This is a course to take you from novice to a Pitman Teeline shorthand speed of 40 words per minute. To be able to use Teeline Fast, you need to choose carefully among the Teeline shorthand courses – and you’ve found the very best. Beginning with the basics – the alphabet – we’ll lead you gently into shorthand Teeline style step-by-step, moving on to give you full confidence in the workplace.

Why use Pitman Training to learn Teeline shorthand? Because ours is a self-study course and you’ll have the flexibility to work at your own pace – and to make sure you stay up to speed, you can use online dictation exercises.

You’ll complete your training with a workbook to keep as a handy reference guide – and you’ll have all the benefits of the widely-recognised Pitman Training name on your CV.


Through a series of self-paced lessons you’ll learn the theory of the Teeline shorthand system and eventually be able to write up to 40 wpm.

This course is perfect for anyone wanting to learn a shorthand system – Fast!

If you work as a Secretary, Administrator or PA for example, you may need to take notes in meetings. Or, you may be thinking of a career in Journalism, the shorthand skill is still regularly used and an invaluable skill to have.

There are fourteen lessons in this course: -

Lesson One: The Teeline Alphabet from A to M.

Lesson Two: The Teeline Alphabet from N to Z.

Lesson Three: Join letters T, D and F, punctuation marks, short sentences.

Lesson Four: Joining S, word endings, soft C.

Lesson Five: Downward and upward short L, special use of L, joining the letter B to letters G and N, joining the letter J with B, C and K, outlines with R followed by M.

Lesson Six: More common word outlines, writing outlines for words beginning WH, grouping words together to form one outline, transcribing a short passage from dictation.

Lesson Seven: The use of vowels, more vocabulary using vowels.

Lesson Eight: Outlines to represent double vowels, vowel indicators for word endings, simple word groupings.

Lesson Nine: Blend letters, lengthening L, M and W to add R, extending the use of R, writing further special outlines.

Lesson Ten: Words ending with –TION, more blends, common word groupings.

Lesson Eleven: Words using the CM, CN and CNV blends, outlines for words ending –NCE, additional special outlines.

Lesson Twelve: Shortened outlines for word beginnings, more special outlines and word groupings.

Lesson Thirteen: Using full vowels to form word endings, abbreviations for different word endings, Teeline outlines for figures and dates, days of the week and months of the year. 

Lesson Fourteen: Further vocabulary, more simple and common words, additional word groupings, consolidation.

This course will take around 35 hours for you to complete.

Our Teeline Fast course is part of our distance learning range – which can be accessed online via our distance learning portal. 

This means that you have the flexibility to study our Teeline Fast course:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’ve decided to go ahead, all you’ll need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre that offers and supports our distance learning platform, and they will arrange for you to have an induction to show you around the system and talk you through how our online training works. After this, you can learn in your own time and at your own speed, but with the knowledge you have support at hand if required. 

To find your nearest centre that offers and supports our online Teeline Fast training, click here.




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