German GCSE Student Revision Conference

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This NEW CONFERENCE FOR 2023 is designed to support and inspire students to achieve outstanding grades in GCSE German. This interactive and refreshed GCSE German Revision Conference will provide students with a motivational, informative and valuable revision day. Specially designed by practicing senior examiners, the day will allow your students to gain greater understanding of how to improve their performance in all four skill areas, ensuring higher levels of achievement and confidence.

The conference is led by current GCSE German examiner experts; the day is fast-paced, with varied tasks and differentiated challenge within the Higher exam questions – with a surprise fun element too! interactive throughout the day, and will provide students with revision skills, exam techniques and relevant practice tasks as well as being a valuable, worthwhile and enriching experience for them.


  • Students will come away with increased motivation and confidence in their abilities to take on the GCSE German exam
  • Students will be presented with strategies they can apply and directly impact their marks
  • An opportunity to spend a day immersed in exam-style tasks with lots of German language input
  • The tasks are designed to cover Higher exam questions in the main
  • Teachers receive the full conference presentations and follow-on materials as electronic resources after the conference


Welcome and Introduction

10.00 – 10.10am

Quick-fire high-frequency vocabulary warm up!

10.10 – 10.20am
  • How quickly can you respond?
  • Starting the day with high energy!

Achieving Well in Reading and Listening Skills

10.20 – 11.00am
  • An examination of the different question types – tips for answering questions fully and accurately
  • Aiming for Grades – 8 – 9 – what the examiners are looking for and how to show this
  • Dealing with dual meaning texts and strategies for students
  • Identify the skill involved – what are you being asked to?
  • ACTIVITY: Learning vocabulary – new ideas and strategies to reach grades 7 -9
  • Dealing with longer texts and extracts – how not to be intimidated!
  • Distractors – how can we identify and deal with them?
  • What are examiners looking for and what does the mark scheme say?
  • How can you revise for Listening and Reading? Top tips and strategies.

Break – write your question for the Question Box

11.00 – 11.20am

The Reading Paper

11.20 – 11.50am
  • Question types and common errors – how to squeeze every last mark in the reading paper
  • ACTIVITY: dealing with distractors – what to listen out for
  • Students have the chance to do a mini-Reading paper of an appropriate tier
  • Full feedback and analysis of the questions covered

Tackling The Listening Paper

11.50 – 12.30pm
  • Key messages from an Examiner!
  • What the examiner is looking for, and how to show the examiner your skills and expertise in the listening paper!
  • Examples of question types and answers and notes to use
  • Key messages from the 2022 exams – what not to do, what to avoid
  • ACITVITY: quick mini-Listening paper of Higher Tier


12.30 – 1.00pm

Question Box

1.00 – 1.10pm
  • A chance to ask direct questions to the keynote speakers, with a prize awarded for the best question.

The Writing Paper – Achieving Highest Marks

1.10 – 1.50pm
  • Focus on how to incorporate variety, range and complexity to obtain the highest marks
  • Easy wins for the Writing exam – what can you recycle?
  • Spelling and Grammar – tips for practicing and revision to ensure top grades – every mark matters!
  • ACTIVITY: High level structures and phrases which can be used for any question

The Translation Task – How to Score the Highest Marks

1.50 – 2.20pm
  • What exactly do you need to do to score the highest marks in the translation tasks?
  • Tackling with success issues with word order and syntax.
  • ACTIVITY: Grades 7 – 9 examples – be the examiner!
  • ACTIVITY – Moving a Grade 6/7 answer up to a grade 8/9 answer – how to do it

Short Break

2.20 – 2.30pm

The Speaking Paper – How to Score Highest Marks

2.30 – 3.10pm
  • Quick-fire pronunciation practice – easy marks to score
  • Strategies for achieving with the Photo Card
  • Dealing with the different question types – what are examiners looking for?
  • Tips for feeling confident: Fact, fact, opinion, reason
  • Having the right tense at your fingertips
  • ACTIVITY: Using a sample writing paper, a chance to complete and plan answers of the highest quality

Final Top Tips and Inter School Quiz

3.10 – 3.20pm
  • Final Top Tips from each of the keynote presenters on how to improve your final grade
  • INTER SCHOOL QUIZ: Apply the key conference content, with full student involvement and prizes for the best performers.


The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1DA | Friday 13 January 2023
The Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ | Monday 23 January 2023

Please select your preferred date

This conference, 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.


Jessica Houghton has over twenty years’ experience teaching German. She is an examiner for a major examination board, and currently works as a Head of Department in a large secondary school. Jessica likes to set a purposeful pace and has an engaging style of delivery. She received the German Embassy’s Teacher of the Year Award (2016) for her innovative approach and commitment to teaching German.

Wanda Marshall has been teaching German for over twenty years. She has recently designed and written revision packs for both AQA and Pearson Edexcel GCSE and is currently working with the Goethe Institute to create new KS4 resources. She was formerly Head of German in a large north London comprehensive and currently teaches KS4 and A Level in a central London college.


  • A Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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