AQA A-Level French: Challenging Students to Achieve A and A*
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This new course is designed for all teachers of AQA A-Level French. The aim of the course is to help teachers fine-tune students’ performances so that they can achieve the highest grades. The course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.
The course will demonstrate practical teaching and learning ideas and approaches for developing key skills and knowledge through which able students can enhance higher level skills.
We will analyse what is expected at the top end of the mark range and explore active strategies to build your teaching practice around this to effectively stretch and challenge students.
It will also provide guidance on effective revision strategies and examination techniques through which high achieving students can stand out and ensure that they succeed in the final examinations.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
Emphasis on teaching approaches which are most effective with able French students
Focus on teaching approaches which stretch and challenge beyond A-Level
A detailed look at the different demands and types of questions
Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the course in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
Grades A & A*: Key student behaviours
10.00 – 10.45am
The structure of the specification and using it to plan for success for the top end students
Exam Feedback: what does it tell us about the standards set for the top learners? How can we teach to this effectively?
Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
Key attributes of Grade A & A* French students in the classroom and how to identify these students
Which skills are the very hardest in A-Level French? Developing responses in French, noting how grammar must be honed to allow access to the synonym task, e.g. what type of word is needed in this gap: On a — la peine de mort. Similarly, coping with translation: How to translate tricky ideas such as ce qui, ce que or dont.
Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?
10.45 – 11.00am
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing – The key challenges for A/A* students
11.00 – 12.00pm
Translation – grammar vocabulary, comparing answers – what gets into the top mark band, why, and how to ensure your teaching methods work to this
Teaching methods to support students in structuring their answers for full marks on the summary tasks
Teaching approaches that create high level thinking to summarise spoken language well.
What are the examiners looking for in top level A and A* performance?
12.00 – 1.00pm
Paper 2: Key Challenges For Grade A/A* Students In Writing
1.00 – 2.00pm
Developing ideas and strategies to offer relevant and detailed Grades A and A* information with a critical analysis
Potential advantages and pitfalls in the use of idioms such as expressions like autant que je sache, pour que je puisse etc, and how this can sometimes detract from a high-level response.
Focus on the exact precision and detail that examiners are looking for in top level students in their responses in Paper 2
Methods for students use and manipulate grammatical structures and vocabulary at grade A and A* level
2.00 – 2.15pm
Paper 3: Speaking: Stretching And Challenging Able Students To A/A*
2.15 – 3.00pm
Ways and means to develop and expand the viewpoints of your students
Analysis and reference to Francophone countries when discussing topics
Making a relevant and personal choice of topic for the Independent Research Project
Developing your student’s ability to respond readily and spontaneously to ensure that highest grade criteria are met
Making effective use of a wide range of vocabulary and complex structure appropriate to task
Exam Tactics for Reaching the Highest Grades
3.00 – 3.45pm
What are the biggest challenges in A-Level French for the A/A* learner?
Retention, recall and deployment. Hints for embedding chronology and coverage of key content.
Varying skills practice to stretch the most able. Making the link between skills.
Revision ideas to help students produce the highest quality responses.
Stuart Glover is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French, he has been head of department and taught till 2020. He has been chief examiner for igcse French, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for Gcse French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body.
Stuart has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Heads of MFL
Heads of French
All A-level Teachers of French
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course