This course will demonstrate how to guide your high-performing students from success at GCSE to achieving Grades A/A* in the AQA A-Level French examinations. The course will discuss teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options to stretch and challenge able students and to develop their higher-level skills. Using feedback from examinations, the course will examine what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build teaching and learning to meet these challenges.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
Recommendations for moving students on from being GCSE-describers to A-level-analysers
Increased awareness of what we should aim for with our top students.
Mark schemes and Examiners’ Reports will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be examined
Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly way that push the highest ability students
What does an A* candidate look like? How to achieve this.
10.00 – 11.00am
Examine the assessment demands of all components for A/A* students
Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practice across two years
Review of the characteristics of A/A* level students
Feedback of the most recent exams: what examiners look for at the top grades
How to support students to move from B to A/A*
11.00 – 11.20am
Achieving A and A* in Listening, Reading and Translation – Paper 1
11.20 – 12.20pm
Building vocabulary skills – exploring a range of methods to enhance students’ A/A* vocabulary
Increasing confidence in listening – low stakes listening as a precursor to assessment
Advice for answering the reading and listening questions – spotting and dealing with distractors and misconceptions
Stretching A/A* students with a range of unseen and authentic texts
Exploring the most effective resources and ideas for helping students revise for the listening and reading
Training students to self-monitor – routines and ideas for creating personal checklists to use in exam conditions
Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick difficult French sentence structure and grammar to achieve A/A*
12.20 – 1.20pm
Paper 2: How to guide your students to the highest grades.
1.20 – 2.15pm
Literature and film – how to guide your students to A/A* grades
Moving from description to critical analysis in writing, securing A/A*
The five-pronged approach to literary texts and films
Translation into French – accuracy of language – what is ‘in tolerance’?
Translation into French – appropriate paraphrase
2.15 – 2.30pm
The Speaking Exam
2.30 – 3.15pm
Teaching the skills to enable the best possible independent research
Working backwards from the mark scheme
Building in practice and assessing progress
Developing A/A* analytical response skills in students
The importance of quality of language in achieving A/A*
Katherine is a former Head of Department and current teacher of MFL of longstanding experience. She has successfully prepared students for GCSE (AQA), A-Level (Edexcel) and Pre-U examinations in French in current and previous iterations of the respective specifications and holds the SSAT Diploma for Innovative Teaching. She currently teaches French and German in mainstream comprehensive education in South Northants and is a marker for both Pearson and AQA. Students in her cohorts have enjoyed the highest percentage of Grades 4-9 in the MFL Department year on year and have gone on to study languages at Oxbridge and other Russell Group institutions. She has both current and historic experience and success in training both new teachers and PGCE students in the skills needed to teach both KS3 and GCSE classes effectively, promoting student uptake and achieving exam success.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
All teachers or potential teachers of A Level French
Heads of Department for French
Faculty Leads for Languages
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course