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Preparing for the New 2024 GCSE French AQA Specification

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This new course is designed to equip AQA GCSE French teachers with the knowledge and tools to effectively teach the new GCSE Specification, for first teaching in 2024. The course will cover key changes in the syllabus, teaching strategies, and assessment methods to ensure educators are well-prepared to guide their students towards success in the updated GCSE French examinations.


  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the new AQA GCSE French Specification for first teaching in 2024
  • Learn effective teaching strategies to engage students and foster language proficiency
  • Acquire valuable insights into formative assessment and feedback practices for improved student outcomes
  • Obtain practical tips and resources to prepare students for speaking, writing, listening, and reading examinations
  • Enhance cultural awareness and appreciation in the French language classroom


Understanding the New AQA GCSE French Specification

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Overview of changes for first teaching in 2024.
  • Introduction to the new assessment criteria and exam formats
  • Key topics and themes to be covered in the updated syllabus
  • Identifying opportunities for cross-curricular integration

Morning Break

10.40 – 11.00am

Developing Effective Teaching Strategies

11.00 – 11.40am
  • Incorporating authentic materials and resources in the classroom to improve vocabulary
  • Encouraging reading aloud and dictation
  • Strategies for incorporating Phonics for language learners at GCSE
  • Differentiated instruction for diverse learner needs

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



12.30 – 1.30pm

Improving Students Writing Skills

1.30 – 2.20pm
  • Teaching strategies for enhancing students’ writing proficiency in French
  • Developing techniques for different writing tasks
  • Incorporating grammar and vocabulary exercises to support writing development
  • Addressing common challenges in writing and providing constructive feedback


Afternoon Break

2.20 – 2.30pm

Enhancing Comprehension and Translation Skills

2.30 – 3.30pm
  •  Strategies for improving students’ comprehension of written and spoken texts
  • Techniques for developing translation skills between French and English
  • Practice exercises to reinforce comprehension and translation abilities
  • Addressing common challenges in comprehension and translation tasks


London | Monday 13 November 2023
London | Tuesday 26 March 2024

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London | Monday 13 November 2023
London | Tuesday 26 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.


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.


  • Teachers of AQA GCSE French
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers moving to AQA GCSE French from 2024


  • 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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