The Secretary takes dictation

United States, 1947

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Illustrates correct procedures and details in taking dictation. The film shows two employees, one a competent secretary and the other an inexperienced stenographer, taking dictation and contrasts the procedures used by them. The film emphasises that careful organisation, neatness and attention to details are essential in an efficient secretary.


production company

Coronet Instructional Films






Black and White

ACMI Identifier


Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Career education

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Occupations

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Office practice

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Secretaries

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Vocational guidance

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Career education

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Secretaries

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Vocational guidance

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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