Teaching GCSE German Effectively: Achieving higher levels in Speaking and Writing (2 of 2)


Teaching GCSE German Effectively: Achieving higher levels in Speaking and Writing (2 of 2)


Monday 19 April 2021
Monday 05 July 2021


Monday 19 April 2021
Monday 5 July 2021

Code: 8300

Session 2: GCSE Foundation and Higher German Writing


This is Session 2 of a series of 2 webinars. The course highlights priorities for planning and classroom practice, drilling down to lesson level activities and approaches. It gives insights into how teachers can use their knowledge of how the writing and speaking elements of the course can reinforce each other efficiently, bringing overall coherence to their teaching to create more confident and able students.

It is suitable for anyone just starting to teach, in the first years of teaching German GCSE, or wanting to enhance their confidence in their teaching of GCSE German. The main focus will be on the AQA specification, with ideas transferable to other exam boards.

Can be bought as a single session £110 or as a series at £200.


  • Provide teachers of GCSE German with ideas and confidence to teach different components of the course effectively.
  • Explore the implications of teaching classes speaking and writing skills when there are differing levels of ability in the same class.
  • Enhance their confidence in planning and creating engaging lessons.
  • Gain insight into how to best interpret and respond to the AQA mark schemes.This particular session will focus on writing.


  • NQTs in German.
  • Teachers aiming to teach German GCSE in the future or who have just started teaching GCSE for the first time.
  • Teachers who want to enhance their confidence in teaching German GCSE and improve the learning of their students.


16.00 Welcome and Introduction to GCSE German teaching.

  • A round up of some of the challenges it presents.

16.05 Perfecting spelling and remembering vocabulary:

  • How phonics and graphemes support spelling
  • Etymology and word families/ compound nouns to extend vocabulary and aid retention
  • Fun exercises to practise translation (RH/dice/mirror/correcting/spot error as starter/sim dictation/dict/)

16.30 Using (a minimum of) 3 tenses (F) and a range of complex structures (H):

  • Nailing the 3 tenses
  • FORO/FORT – giving students a pattern to meet the need developing ideas
  • UNICORN – a way to improve range and extend (especially higher ability)

16.45 Building student confidence in the Foundation paper:

  • Photo card and translation sentences – what you can get away with
  • The 40 word paragraph – tips to achieve maximum points
  • The 90 word essay – planning and techniques to recall tenses and extend

17.00 Getting to grips with the Higher Paper and 150 word essay writing:

  • Higher translation/writing requirements – methods to help accuracy of nom acc dat endings
  • Understanding the MS requirements
  • Choosing the question and planning the essay

17.15 – 17.30 Time for questions and discussion.

Additional information

Key Stage

A Level

Job Title

Deputy Headteacher, Head of Department, Subject Teacher, CPD Coordinator


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