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Beginners Teeline Shorthand Theory and Speed

15 classes | 3 hours per class

Want to get ahead in your career? Learn speed writing techniques with Teeline Shorthand through the UTS Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

“Relatively few people can type quickly enough to take adequate notes, while recordings have serious limitations. There are far too many situations when the best choice is a pen or pencil and a notebook.” SMH

“Shorthand is an important tool for journalists. When working as a newspaper reporter I would have been unable to do my job without the Teeline. Accurate notes are the bedrock of day-to-day reporting and I'm afraid transcription of recorded interviews simply takes too long to be practical in a busy newsroom where you are expected to turn around stories at a fast pace. Then there is court reporting. Recording devices are not permitted in court, so accurate shorthand is the only way to effectively cover legal proceedings.” Rhys Griffiths, former newspaper reporter and web editor – via Quora

Journalists, barristers, editors, personal assistants, students or anyone needing to learn how to write fast will benefit from attending. 

On completion speeds of around 40 to 60 words per minute can be achieved. Certificates are issued under the Australian Standard 2907.



Register your interest for our next course: acij@uts.edu.au


  • $770 full fee
  • $693 ACIJ members
  • $616 concession (students and low income)
  • $539 UTS students and staff

Fee includes the textbook needed for the course: Teeline Fast by Anne Dix

Limited to: 25 participants

Location: UTS Broadway, CB10.05.580 (map)
Building 10, Level 5, Room 580, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo

To discuss this course or for more information please contact acij@uts.edu.au or call +61 2 9514 2488.


The lecturer, Terree Gower has taught shorthand to journalists and others for many years; as well as teaching keyboard, various computing packages and business administration subjects. Terree has presented at the ACIJ for 15 years and is qualified to instruct and administer shorthand tests to the Australian Standard AS2907.


“I liked that I now feel competent with shorthand only after 15 short weeks.” S. Homewood (June 2012)

“Terree is an excellent teacher. She explained the theory thoroughly and clearly, and provided additional material that was incredibly helpful.” C. Chelvan (June 2012)

“I liked the informal, casual style of the class that made it easy to ask questions.” A. Lilly (June 2012)

“I liked that it was a different form of learning and also that there was no pressure to get to a certain level. I liked being able to gradually build the skills.” S. Grealy (June 2012)

“Terree was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the course which was very refreshing.” S. Tucker (June 2012)

“Terree taught the course in a serious, but interesting manner, making a very stressful process - learning a new skill - painless.” - Neil Varcoe, Writer and Journalist (2011)

“I liked how engaging and interactive the lessons were, dabbling in a bit of practical work, revision and theory. Not once did I feel overwhelmed.” - Eugenia Lee, Student (2011)

“Terree’s a legend! She explains all the concepts so clearly, and in a very practical sense. She’s also very encouraging and always upbeat, which definitely helps with such challenging subject matter.” - Nina Karnikowski, Journalist (2010)

“I really enjoyed it and thought Terree taught it very clearly. She made sure everyone understood the material before moving on.” - Naeun Kim, Student (2010)

“Terree is an excellent teacher. Very encouraging and instills enthusiasm.” Elaine Beggs, Executive Assistant, The Cancer Council

“It took the time to learn the basics before leaping into speed tests.” Michael Hobbs, Journalist, Rainmaker Group

“It gave me the grounding I need to use shorthand on a daily basis in my profession (as a journalist).” Kristen Paech, Journalist

“I found Terree to be a very good teacher and I appreciate her knowledge and patience. … Learning shorthand has made me a more efficient and productive assistant particularly when it comes to taking minutes and dictation.” Jane Worden, Personal Assistant, Local Government

“It was straight to the point and Terree was a fantastic and patient teacher. I was able to increase my shorthand speed and would love to come back to do another speed development course.” Tracey Lien, Journalism Student

“Terree was a fantastic teacher and was very encouraging. The regular tests made it easy to study at home.” Helen Gregory, Journalist, Fairfax Community Newspapers

“The lessons were set out well. There was always a good mix of new material, lots of revision & practice plus appropriate homework and extra practice materials.” Natasha Egan, Journalism Student

“It was extremely well taught in a way that allowed us to begin writing teeline even after the first week. The theory was presented in an easy to understand way and the speed development weeks were very effective in increasing the word per minute count rapidly” Declan Good (November 2012)