Instructions for a colleague

Instructions for a colleague

Learn how to write instructions for a colleague.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text


1. You can start a note with just the name of the person you are writing to or Hi ... . You don’t need to use Dear … .

2. Make sure dates are very clear. Include the day, date and time.

3. Explain the reason for the instructions.

4. Write clear and polite instructions. Use phrases like Can / Could / Would you please … ?

5. At the end offer the chance to ask questions and check the instructions.

6. Finish the note with Best, or Thanks, and then your name underneath.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3


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Average: 4.3 (7 votes)

Submitted by Rodomi on Thu, 04/07/2019 - 15:13

When I need to give instructions to my colleagues, I prefer to do this one by sending an email, because I like to register all the details of the information. Today I learned how modals verbs, like could and would, are important to give instructions politely.

Submitted by Abdo sleem on Sat, 29/06/2019 - 07:23

I prefer to write the instructions note because we can review it at any time and remember what we need it’s better for us especially when instructions have dates and times . On the other side speaking definitely all body forget some details.

Submitted by shamsukprm on Fri, 07/06/2019 - 14:27

Hi Francis, Please note that we have a customer meeting on tomorrow Monday at 11 am. Around 30 members will attend the meeting. Could you please arrange meeting room for tomorrow at 11 in the morning..? Can please arrange 30 notepad and pens..? Could you tell office boy to clean out in the meeting room Also tell him keep 30 bottle water on the table. Thanks and Best Regards Shamsukprm75.

Submitted by Setareh on Thu, 23/05/2019 - 04:10

I prefer to write them an email, because we can check it any time we want;

Submitted by saydin on Sat, 04/05/2019 - 15:01

It depends on the situation. I usually write a note because the note makes fewer errors. I sometimes speak because speak provides more powerful communication.
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Submitted by mtalebi on Sat, 27/04/2019 - 14:59

I usually use a note because if a person forgets he can go back to it.

Submitted by SaraA on Mon, 08/04/2019 - 20:42

I prefer to write a note to avoid losing information. Also, It's more comfortable to back to email any time to recheck the instructions.

Submitted by Estudent on Thu, 07/03/2019 - 13:59

I prefer to give instructions by email because it remains a note of what has been said