Author: Deb Avery | Published on 1 August 2023


Question: How can you help your learners feel safe and secure in the classroom?

Answer: Make sure the language you use in instructions and activities is short and simple.

[display a drawing of a teacher with speech bubble – short, simple instructions]

Don’t use complicated language when giving instructions. All learners benefit when the input and language used is at their level. 

Always remember the acronym ‘KISS’, which means: 



Short and 


All learners benefit from instructions that have only a few steps and where the language is as simple as possible. Also, remember to check learners have understood, and use a local language if that is helpful.

How will you use the KISS principle to give clear instructions?


Secure: safe

local language: home language