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Teaching Pearson Edexcel A-Level French for the First Time

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This course is specifically targeted and designed for all teachers new to teaching Pearson A-Level French. The sessions are designed to ensure their students have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades and improve teachers’ understanding of the Pearson A-Level. Teachers will receive new teaching approaches and techniques, ideas, as well as key guidance in how to develop with advice on the standards of A-Level and best ways to prepare students with the exam as the endgame. Practical strategies will be demonstrated for teaching across a broad range of student A-Level abilities.


  • Gain top teaching tips and realistic practical advice from an experienced practitioner
  • Take away effective strategies on how to teach the course to maximise student potential
  • Find out about the core concepts, key challenges, levels of the specification and ways to structure your course for successful end result outcomes
  • Examine lots of ideas to stimulate classroom delivery and performance
  • Discuss examples of student work and how to prepare students to get the maximise possible marks


Subject content of the specification

10.00 – 10.40am
  • What’s involved in the Pearson A-Level French course? (Listening/Reading/Translation/Writing/Speaking)
  • Where can I streamline?
  • What are the standards in each component?
  • Exploring the key challenge spots, and ways to structure your teaching to give time to the most demanding sections
  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation
  • Paper 3: Speaking


Morning break

10.40 – 11.00am

Paper 1: Teaching approaches to Listening, reading and translation

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • Practical strategies to layer the learning of subject content linking to assessment of listening and reading
  • Ways to develop the skills students need to demonstrate for Section A: Listening
  • What might excellent teaching of Section B: Reading look like to develop students’ open-response skills?
  • Strategies to support students using unseen French texts, and ensuring accuracy in language, avoiding translation errors into English



12.00 – 1.00pm

Assessing pupils’ readiness for Paper 1

1.00 – 2.00pm
  • How do I know when a student has reached the top of the assessment bands?
  • Teaching lower and higher ability students to ensure success
  • Gain understanding of the ways and means that students may listen and respond and how to plan for this
  • Effective methods to assess progress and attainment in reading and listening


Afternoon Break

2.00 – 2.15pm

Tackling Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

2.15 – 2.45pm
  • Why is the written paper challenging for many students?
  • Types of examination questions – what to expect and how to achieve good marks
  • Looking at the prescribed literary texts and films, focusing on justifying points of view
  • Differentiated approaches to encourage learning and using critical and analytical skills for the written response and translation

Teaching Paper 3: The Speaking Paper

2.45 – 3.45pm
  • How to approach the teaching of the discussion: effective, strategies, methods and techniques for each of the four themes
  • Teaching ideas with associated questions and resources for the independent research presentation
  • Making complicated topic areas easy.
  • What are the key points for examination success in the discussion on independent research?





London | Monday 20 November 2023
London | Tuesday 05 March 2024

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London | Monday 20 November 2023
London | Tuesday 05 March 2024


Katherine Golding is an  MFL teacher of longstanding experience, and have successfully prepared students for GCSE (AQA), A-Level (Edexcel) and Pre-U examinations in French in current and previous iterations of the respective specifications.  She has  taught in a range of schools and had equal success with students from all backgrounds. She currently teaches French and German at Magdalen College School, Brackley, and am an examiner for both Pearson and AQA. Prior to the pandemic, the results of her cohorts were sufficiently strong for the 2020 algorithm to raise the grades submitted. Students in my cohorts have gone on to study languages at Oxbridge, as well as other Russell Group universities. She has both current and historic experience and success in training teachers and PGCE students in the skills needed to teach exam classes.


  • ECTs in MFL
  • Teachers who are about to start teaching Pearson A Level French
  • Teachers who are in their first couple of years of teaching Pearson A Level French
  • Teachers seeking to increase their confidence in their teaching of A Level French


  • 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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