This updated course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future A-Level French examinations. Led by our highly respected presenter and examiner, Denise Currie, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from 2019’s examinations on the new specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the papers
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
  • Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
COURSE DATE Online | Monday 06 July 2020
New dates coming soon
  • All Teachers of A Level French
  • Heads of Department for French
  • Heads of Faculty for Languages
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 – 10.45am
Listening and Reading

  • Building vocabulary skills – using French in the classroom to boost top level performance
  • Ensuring highly able students do not lose valid content points by writing at excessive length
  • Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick hard French
  • Stretching top students with unseen texts
  • Approaches for the unseen: preparing for different topics and question styles
  • Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?
  • Planning for success – how to ensure A and A* students make suitable progress throughout the course

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 12.00m
Writing and Translation basics for Grade A/A* students

  • Where is an A/A* achieved or lost?
  • Building vocabulary and developing excellent grammatical skills
  • Stretching top students with your choice of translation questions
  • Making sure students consider the grammatical concept that each sentence is testing in translation exercises
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams – exercises that encourage A* thinking
  • Improving English skills to avoid unnecessary loss of marks

12.00 – 12.30pm
Setting up the IRP for A and A* students

  • Accessing the full range of marks available through thorough knowledge and evaluation of students’ chosen topics
  • Avoiding over-preparation and delivery that is unnecessarily complex, garbled and unintelligible
  • Helping students avoid the over-factual in their preparation and presentation

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.20pm
Teaching literature and film: stretching and challenging able students

  • Moving on from GCSE approaches – how to make able students into independent readers
  • Using wider reading to prepare for and complement the set works
  • Deep examination of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
  • Different approaches to discussing and writing about style
  • What makes a strong A-Level essay? How can we build up to this?
  • Developing an unique style by using complex language and grammar: higher level structures and vocabulary to create variety and sophistication

2.20 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
French Listening and Speaking skills at A and A* level

  • The key challenges for high attaining French students in achieving A and A* in Listening and Speaking
  • Teaching approaches and tasks that stretch students throughout the course
  • Answering questions in the exams: what are the potential pitfalls?
  • Questioning techniques to extend the most able
  • Working to the standard: reviewing and marking specimen scripts

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Denise Currie

Denise Currie is an experienced teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and former Head of Department and Senior Teacher in a large independent school in the south-west. She is now working as a freelance consultant, author and trainer and has extensive experience as a senior examiner; she currently holds positions as Principal Examiner in French at A Level and I A Level.