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A-Level German: Teaching for the First Time

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This course is specifically targeted and designed for all teachers new to teaching A-Level German. The sessions are designed to ensure their students have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades and improve teachers’ understanding of A-Level teaching. Teachers will receive new teaching approaches and techniques, ideas, as well as key guidance in how to develop with advice on the standards of A-Level and best ways to prepare students with the exam as the endgame. Practical strategies will be demonstrated for teaching across a broad range of student A-Level abilities.


  • Gain top teaching tips and realistic practical advice from an experienced practitioner
  • Take away effective strategies on how to teach German at A-Level and maximise student potential
  • Find out about the core concepts, key challenges, and ways to structure your course for successful end result outcomes
  • Examine lots of ideas to stimulate classroom delivery and performance
  • Discuss examples of student work and how to prepare students to get the maximise possible marks


Subject content of the specification

10.00 – 10.40am
  • What’s involved in the A-Level German course? (Speaking/Listening/Reading/Writing)
  • Where can I streamline?
  • What are the standards in each component?
  • Exploring the key challenge spots, and ways to structure your teaching to give time to the most demanding sections
  • Moving students on from GCSE to A Level – bridging the gap


Morning break

10.40 – 11.00am

Teaching approaches to listening and reading

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • Dealing with false friends and distractors; using transcripts and ideas for the classroom
  • How to encourage more self-study and independent learning; resources and ideas for maximum exposure to German
  • Exam techniques; focus on timing, question-types and strategies for success under pressure



12.00 – 1.00pm

Teaching Literature and Film for the first time

1.00 – 2.00pm
  • Moving your students on from GCSE description to A Level analysis – the challenge of transition
  • Choosing which works to teach – an overview of the possibilities and resources available
  • Teaching the characters and themes – ideas for the classroom from character grids and mock interviews, to grids and essay plans
  • A look at the technicalities – film and literature specific vocabulary, with an emphasis on film studies
  • Getting them writing; making fool-proof plans and personalised checklists to encourage self-monitoring


Afternoon Break

2.00 – 2.15pm

Tackling Translation

2.15 – 2.45pm
  • Strategies to support students using complex structures (such as the subjunctive) realistically, and ensuring accuracy in language
  • Avoiding costly errors
  • Ways students can practice translation independently

Teaching Speaking Successfully

2.45 – 3.45pm
  • Ideas for getting them talking; games, competitions, homework and partner work
  • AO4; no excuses for not getting full marks. How much and what do students need to know about Germany/German speaking countries?
  • Choosing an IRP title. Which ones are most successful? How to monitor and set up practice IRPs
  • Getting the most out of Language Assistants and ideas for other resources to encourage speaking in German





London | Friday 10 November 2023
London | Friday 23 February 2024

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London | Friday 10 November 2023
London | Friday 23 February 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Wanda Marshall is a German and French teacher of nearly 20 years’ experience. She was formerly Head of German in a large north London comprehensive. She currently teaches Edexcel A-Level German in a sixth form college and has also been an examiner for AQA A-Level German (Paper 3, oral) for the past five years so she has first hand current experience of teaching and examining the two main boards.


  • ECTs in MFL
  • Teachers who are about to teach A Level German for the first time
  • Those who are returning to teaching after a break
  • Teachers looking to increase their confidence in teaching A Level German


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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