Brilliant Teaching of GCSE French

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This new, practical course focuses on strategies and approaches in teaching and learning, to embed a culture of high expectations, high challenge and high achievement and engagement in GCSE French. The course will cover teaching methods and approaches that maximise high achievement and including memorisation, retrieval, interleaving, tutorials, effective study strategies, audio commentaries, apps and more. This course, aimed for all teachers of Languages regardless of exam board or subject, absolutely guarantees creative approaches and take away strategies to enhance teaching and learning in GCSE French which will reinvigorate your GCSE lessons


  • Use key findings from the latest exam series to address national areas of weakness
  • Explore practical classroom activities to bring theory lessons to life
  • Develop creative strategies to accelerate learning and raise standards
  • Take away numerous learning strategies to ensure optimised deliberate practice
  • Take away innovative strategies to improve performance of students of all ability levels
  • Gain insights on how to stretch and challenge high ability students
  • Develop proven revision strategies based around learning French for GCSE


The assessment demands for top grade outcomes in GCSE French

10.00 – 10.30am
  • What are the barriers to attaining high grades?
  • What is required to achieve a top band mark and how do we get there
  • The importance of planning – how does GCSE differ from KS3?
  • What does brilliant teaching look like in GCSE French? – applying Rosenshine’s principles in MFL

Fresh and innovative ways to improve speaking and writing skills

10.30 – 11.30am
  • Exploring common misconceptions via diagnostic questions and DIRT
  • Exploring the use of recorded tutorials as a guide for students who need more teacher input
  • Practising speaking – how to set speaking homework tasks after years of neglecting the skill
  • Activating students to peer assess effectively in the classroom
  • Providing audio commentary to mock exams to improve pupil performance



11.30 – 11.45pm

Motivating and engaging low ability students

11.30 – 12.15pm
  • Encouraging resilience amongst weaker students
  • Engaging low effort/low performance students through stimulating engaging, collaborative learning strategies
  • Enabling high effort/low performance students to improve performance by modelling the use of high impact study strategies which provide a platform for effective revision
  • Providing unique memorisation strategies to help low ability students retain information



12.30 – 1.30pm

Strategies to promote excellent listening and reading skills

1.30 – 2.15pm
  • Learning vocabulary – lesson starter and plenary ideas that maximise retrieval
  • Using recorded tutorials to increase pupil confidence in reading
  • Evaluating how we conduct listening activities – are we setting students up to fail?
  • Critiquing the Extensive Processing Instruction (EPI) approach to listening

How to maximise the impact of teacher led feedback

2.15 – 3.15pm
  • Exploring when feedback can be ineffective and ensuring we don’t fall into bad habits
  • How written feedback has changed over the years – what can we take from it to improve our current feedback processes
  • Exploring formative teacher led assessment strategies to accurately assess student understanding
  • Considering research-based benefits of verbal feedback to move learning forward


Closing comments and evaluation

3.15 – 3.30pm


London | Monday 27 November 2023
London | Monday 18 March 2024

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London | Monday 27 November 2023
London | Monday 18 March 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.


Jonathan Mumford is a consultant and Professional Tutor in education who works at Liverpool Hope University delivering ITT training. A current AQA examiner, he has taught French and Spanish for 16 years in in a mixed comprehensive school in Merseyside with the last 8 of those as Head of Languages. He has a proven track record of outstanding GCSE teaching in the languages classroom having achieved top grades consistently, spending over 12 years in an Ofsted-rated Outstanding school. His passion is teaching and learning and a particular area of focus is enthusing and inspiring language students to achieve well and thrive. He prides himself on being a forward thinking and innovative classroom practitioner.


  • All Teachers of GCSE French
  • Heads of Languages


  • 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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