AQA GCSE French: Maximising Student Outcomes in the Exam Papers
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Irrespective of how well staff prepare students for the AQA written papers in GCSE French, each
year many marks are lost because of poor exam technique or quite simply students not knowing
exactly what a question is asking for.
This new course will look at the different types of questions featured across the three exam
papers and how the initial reading and dissecting of a question is key to actually answering the
question in the way that the question setter intended it to be answered.
There will be examples of answers from across a range of content to illustrate the differences
between high scoring answers and mediocre answers, which, when grade boundaries are very
‘tight’, could mean the loss of one or more grade.
Other common exam technique errors will also be addressed, and strategies introduced to help
students monitor improvement in their exam technique.
A methodology for marking, grading and evaluating student work will be introduced.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Identify the main areas where students lose marks when answering exam questions
Identify the range of question types l Focus on how to extract information from a question to allow access to all the marks available
Analysing how; a lack of examples, repetition of information, failure to focus on key terms, insufficient points and vague comments can impact the final outcome
Develop strategies for student self-monitoring and evaluation of their exam technique
Develop an understanding of accurate staff and peer marking
Introduction to Ways to Prepare Students for Examination
10.00 – 11.00am
Overview of good practice in preparation for any exam series; reflection, knowledge and skills audit, action plan, set targets and reflect/review, long term planning, question matrix per each topic/paper, revision aids
Using historical centre-based information to address issues with the current cohort
Identifying the common pitfalls that students make at both ends of the ability spectrum and ways to avoid this
11.00 – 11.15am
Exploring the Different Type of Questions Across the Exam Papers
11.15 – 12.15pm
Identifying the range of question types; multiple choice, short structured, extended response questions
Developing student’s exam skills; scaffolding, part paragraphs, so-called model answers, structure strips, using technology (visualisers), and developing literacy
Learn specific strategies for tackling each question type effectively
Analyse sample exam questions from previous GCSE papers to understand what examiners look for in high-level responses
Preparing Students for the Speaking Test
11.40 – 12.30pm
Familiarising students with the speaking test format and assessment criteria.
Providing opportunities for students to practice speaking on various topics.
Effective feedback techniques to help students improve their spoken proficiency.
Tips for building students’ confidence and reducing speaking anxiety
12.15 – 1.15pm
Extracting the Correct Information from the Question for the 6 and 9 mark questions
1.15 – 2.00pm
A question is more than just a test of subject knowledge – how to ensure that students dissect an extended question correctly
Strategies to standardise the dissection of a question across all papers irrespective of the member of staff delivering the area of the specification
How students can monitor their own exam technique in homework and assessment tasks
Applying knowledge in Question Responses
2.00 – 2.45pm
Practical strategies to apply relevant knowledge to various scenarios and question types
A review of key terms, command words and vocabulary
Deepening the understanding of command words, particularly for AO2 and AO3 and the impact on an answer and subsequent marks gained when the command word in a question is not accurately addressed
Apply this knowledge to craft well-structured and comprehensive answers in future exams
2.45 – 3.00pm
Accurate Staff and Peer Marking
3.00 – 3.45pm
How to approach teaching GCSE exam skills with confidence
The use of appropriate and meaningful annotation to give students the greatest amount of accurate information to help them improve their answers
London | Friday 24 November 2023
London | Friday 15 March 2024
Juliet Park is Director of
Languages for the Share
Trust, she has been an AQA
trainer for several years with
a particular focus on GCSE.
She is a consultant for the
AET trust, an advisor to BBC
Bitesize and supports schools
nationally with training and
maximising teacher and
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Heads of Language Departments
Teachers who deliver any component of AQA GCSE French
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course