This course is intended to provide teachers who are about to start or in their first couple of years teaching GCSE French, with all they need to teach their course effectively. It will equip delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective GCSE French teacher, focusing on the core areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing both in terms of classroom teaching ideas and preparation for the terminal examinations in these skill areas. The course will reflect on current challenges and any modifications to the exam system, with tips on how to overcome issues in the classroom and to guide students to optimise their examination performance.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Gain the latest understanding of the features of effective teaching and learning for GCSE Spanish.
Address the challenges faced by teachers where students have missed vital lessons caused by the Covid pandemic and develop engaging ways to bridge the gaps.
Take away practical advice for enhanced teaching and learning in the classroom.
Examine methods to assess and maximise student progress through independence and confidence.
Develop students’ skills in the four key areas of the language acquisition.
Increase student confidence in the examination.
Take away hints and advice to enhance student performance in the examinations in all 4 key skills.
Key messages from the course
10.00 – 10.15am
Brief discussion on challenges created by COVID for teaching and how they might exacerbate already challenging sections of the course.
Developing knowledge regarding which part of the course to begin with and the benefits or weaknesses for this.
Assessing the correct starting point for your students based on prior knowledge from GCSE.
Teaching the reading and listening skills
10.15 – 11.15am
Gain understanding of the ways and means that students may listen and respond and how to plan for this.
Practical advice to enhance the teaching of listening properly and the benefit of note taking during this.
Gain understanding of the ways and means that students may translate and respond and how to plan for this.
Practical advice to enhance the teaching of reading properly and the pitfall of skim reading.
Effective methods to assess progress and attainment in reading and listening
Demands of the examinations and how to prepare students successfully from first teaching
11.15 – 11.30am
Becoming an effective teacher of speaking
11.30 – 12.30pm
Practical ideas to create a successful Spanish classroom including the visual use of the classroom space.
How to develop confidence through encouraging spontaneous speaking
Gain an understanding about how engaging games can embed speaking skills
Managing the demands on the teacher in the speaking test- how much is too much input?
Avoiding the pitfalls of the speaking test
Responding to questions asked using the photo cards
12.30 – 1.30pm
Effective strategies for teaching translation
1.30 – 2.30pm
An overview of both translation tasks – what to be most attentive of and where quick gains can be made.
Key considerations and powerful strategies for teaching translation skills
Highlighting challenges of French to English translation and how to overcome them
Challenges of the English to French translation and strategies to foster student progress to further achievement.
Importance of avoiding paraphrase to ensure accurate translation and developed responses.
Deconstructing the question- what does it really ask? Student misconceptions
2.30 – 2.45pm
The writing tasks
2.45 – 4.00pm
Dissecting the writing tasks at foundation tier and scaffolding them for students- what might this look like and how to embed the scaffolding skill from the outset.
Raising expectations and overcoming demands of the writing tasks at higher tier- when to move away from the scaffold and allow autonomy in responses.
How to maximise vocabulary acquisition in every lesson
Practical advice for classroom teaching and learning of writing skills
Katherine Golding is a former Head of Department
and current teacher of MFL of longstanding experience.
She has successfully prepared students for GCSE
(AQA), A-Level (Edexcel) and Pre-U examinations
in French in current and previous iterations of the
respective specifcations and holds the SSAT Diploma
for Innovative Teaching. She currently teaches French
and German in mainstream comprehensive education
in South Northants and is a marker for both Pearson and
AQA. Students in her cohorts have enjoyed the highest
percentage of Grades 4-9 in the MFL Department year
on year and have gone on to study languages at Oxbridge
and other Russell Group institutions. She has both current
and historic experience and success in training both
new teachers and PGCE students in the skills needed to
teach both KS3 and GCSE classes efectively, promoting
student uptake and achieving exam success.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers in first years of teaching GCSE French
Teachers seeking to increase their confidence in their teaching of GCSE Spanish
NQTs in MFL
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course