Improve Trainee Instructions

Many new teachers struggle to create effective instructions.  On our courses we say that verbsall classroom task instructions should start with a verb.  For instance, ‘sit down, stand up, do exercise 6’ etc.

It’s a simple but really effective rule. It takes out all embedded language, complex polite forms, and reduces rephrasing. Some trainees find the directness feels rude but as a trainer you can demonstrate that tone and attitude can convey politeness and that for learners the priority is to understand the task.

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