Gregg Crash Course – help!

I am a teacher in Nunavut, at the Arctic College.  Another Nunavut organization has asked me to offer 5 days of instruction in shorthand.  This would be attended by staff who attend Legislative meetings and need to take notes.  I have considered using only the “brief forms”, but wonder if anyone has any suggestions for me.
I realize that 5 days is very little time to learn such a complex program, but I think that if only the basic strokes for certain letters can be taught and worked on, and if the participants practice frequently, it will improve their minutes/note taking.
I am asking for suggestions and recommendations for course materials.  I realize that everything is out of print, but thought I’d try this site.  Thank you.

(by caper5877 for everyone)

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  1. I've been in the same boat–and then wasn't asked to actually teach the course.    In order to teach Gregg brief forms, you have to teach the alphabet.   My solution was to consider Speedwriting brief forms which are at least based on the alphabet the students already know.   (Please don't bash me, folks.  When you only have a short time to teach, learning symbols isn't an option!)   Just my $0.02.   But remember, I STILL LOVE GREGG!   Marc  

  2. Hi Caper, sounds like you're in a pickle! Five days is enough to learn to read and write the alphabet, but it would still be slower than "longhand." It seems to take about a year of daily study to get enough speed for shothand to be useful. The best you could do in five days would be to pique their interest in a longer self-study period.

    I use Gregg to take notes in legislative meetings–I love it. If your folks would go for a longer self-study period, I'm sure they would too. We have several Gregg teachers in the group who might be willing to appear to conduct a session or something… whatever you decide—good luck!

    P.S. – One benefit of Gregg is that it is adaptable to different languages; I know you Canadians always know a couple, at least.

    Shorthand: isn't it about time?

  3. Not Houghton-Mifflin–McGraw-Hill.  And only a small number of texts are still in print.  The 2nd edition of GS Simplified seems to still be in print (it's still in stores like B&N once in a while).    Alex

  4. I also think Gregg would be hard to teach in a short period of time.  An alphabet one would be easier.  Plus it might get them interested in Gregg on a longer term.  I tried to learn Gregg on my own and couldn't.  Took Speedwriting in a night course and after that learned Gregg.  It was much easier once I understood basics of shorthand and how it worked (sort of).  Maybe you could teach the alphabet one and then on the last day show the benefits of learning Gregg and they may be interested in learning it. However, they may be able to learn Gregg in 5 days.  Not sure though.  For me it's really tough. Good luck and let us know what you decide and how it goes. Debbi

  5. I'm with Marc — symbol shorthand won't cut it in five days, but my $0.02 is this:   They sell texts, instructor's manuals, tapes and dictionaries and in terms of texts, are impossibly cheap. It's called Personal Shorthand or Briefhand.   If you had a year, I'd say Gregg, which is still the best looking of all the ones I've seen.   sidhetaba

  6. Well, the alphabet is necessary, of course, but almost more important than the alphabet is the penman's ability to make the symbols properly. If your students write mostly in Inuktitut, then they have naturally very Pitmanic penmanships. Since Gregg is based in the ellipse, there might need to be a nip of practice in writing with the ellipse. Just go through the elementary stuff if you think that 5 days allows for any wealth of Gregg Shorthand education. I suppose a good goal would be to get their feet wet in the system. It will take a lot of creativity to produce this course.

    Good luck.

    —Andrew Owen

  7. Man…I would SO much love to go to Nunavut and see the Arctic College.  If I could go and live there for about six months, I think I would.  I have a real fascination with the High Arctic.  At any rate, while I love Gregg and am absolutely "into" it, having a five-day course in it is sort of like asking you to teach people to play the piano in five days…it just cannot be effectively done.  I think that if I were in your position, I'd go with Speedwriting.  Only sixty rules, and forty-some brief forms…plus they can take it from where you leave off and practice on their own when you're done with the class.  I'd really consider that if I were you.   Troy Fullerton

  8. [QUOTE] If your students write mostly in Inuktitut, then they have naturally very Pitmanic penmanships. [/QUOTE]

    Interesting, Andrew, that you might mention this. If I'm not mistaken, Inuktitut–which didn't have a written form until rather recently–was based on Pitman Shorthand!!

    It might be easier for an Inuktitut writer to use Pitman…

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