This new course is designed for teachers looking create an inclusive A level French classroom. A range of strategies are explored, all of which support students who might otherwise under-achieve and boost them to a higher grade. Skills for the recently updated specification are fully exploited, with a focus on ensuring all students of Modern Languages are engaged and placed at the centre of the learning experience.

The use of authentic materials leading to a multi-skilled, multi-sensory approach is explored, as is the process of inclusive scaffolded speaking opportunities, all of which can lead to real, demonstrable progress for all. The course is led by an experienced practitioner, who co-authored the Oxford University Press A level French course and is an examiner for AQA.


  • Ensure that the jump from GCSE to A level standard is graduated and supported
  • Develop effective teaching approaches to develop confidence and spontaneity
  • Gain effective strategies to ensure classroom time is maximized and homework is powerful
  • Be inspired to approach key skills such as grammar, speaking and redrafting written work
COURSE DATE London Friday 23 November 2018
  • All A level teachers of French and heads of department
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.00am: Providing a Good Grounding: Getting the skill set right from the start

  • Strategies to ensure that the jump from GCSE to A level standard is graduated and supported
  • Designing and redesigning your scheme of work – being a teacher reactive to the respective progress of each student

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.40pm: Developing speaking and listening Skills for Examination Success

  • The importance of groundwork, and matching challenge level to skill set
  • Great differentiation by use of optional support alongside high levels of challenge
  • Manipulation of language and grammar learning tools, and subsequent mapping of progress over time
  • Using films, radio and television to boost progress through activities that require deep levels of learning and provide opportunities for consolidation
  • Transactional language, building confidence and spontaneity
  • How to build longer, involved and interesting real responses that wow teachers and examiners through repetition and consolidation of key structures

12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.40 – 2.50pm: Developing Reading and Writing For Examination Success

  • Creative approaches to using authentic (and commercial) resources to their full potential
  • Mapping development of pupil mastery of language in a transparent way
  • Engagement through choice of stimuli, focused reading and follow up activities that are accessible to lower ability students but challenge all
  • Writing essays about books and films through a tried and tested formula that works for any examination question
  • Reviewing, self and peer assessment and redrafting for perfection
  • Idea creation, critical thinking and planning work

2.50 – 3.45pm: Getting Students Exam Ready: Examination Techniques, Questions and Question Types

  • How to use an exam paper well and effectively in the classroom
  • Questions and question types
  • Examination technique
  • How to continually assess to make progress transparent for effective monitoring and intervention Using feedback effectively to enhance examination performance

Robert Pike

Robert is an experienced trainer, author and teacher of French. He recently co-authored a new ‘A level’ French textbook for AQA, as well as several products for the new GCSE. He has worked on many other French products such as Allez, Studio and Clic. An experienced MFL teacher and former Head of French, he delivers training courses across a broad range of topics including effective differentiation, outstanding teaching and getting results at GCSE and A level. He delivers courses that are interactive, discursive and up to date with curriculum changes.

Whilst teaching full-time he led the way with the use of technology in the classroom. An early adopter, he developed simple ways of making it work for himself, his colleagues and his pupils. Central to his teaching has always been an interest in the development of effective methods of challenging learners of all levels. He is also part of the ITT team at the University of Worcester where he helps develop the next generation of language teachers.

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