This course, led by an experienced Modern Languages teacher and examiner, is designed for all teachers looking to raise their student attainment levels, progress, and results in the new specification GCSE in Modern Languages.

The day will offer delegates a variety of teaching and learning approaches, ideas and strategies proven to enhance a deeper level of student understanding and raise levels of attainment for all students regardless of ability.

You will gain a clear understanding of the features which make up outstanding teaching at GCSE Modern Languages and will gain the confidence to incorporate those features into your everyday lessons in order to have maximum impact on your students’ learning. The course will be of use to all teachers of Modern Languages and examples used will be in French and Spanish.


  • Enhance your teaching and learning strategies for teaching and learning over time, with terminal examinations
  • Develop practical strategies to enhance students’ examination performance
  • Explore top level marking, feedback and student response approaches
  • Explore highly effective differentiation approaches to stretch the most able and support the less able for the best outcomes
  • Gain strategies to help students improve spontaneous speaking skills
  • Engage with new ideas and approaches to motivate, inspire and challenge students


“An excellent course – really clearly delivered. Some excellent teaching ideas.” – Reading Blue Coat School, Friday 11th November 2016


COURSE DATES London, Friday 16 June 2017
London, Friday 01 December 2017
WHO FOR?  Teachers of GCSE Modern Languages who wish to move their teaching to the highest levels
Heads of Modern Languages
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch

10.00 – 10.30am: Setting the tone: introducing GCSE to students

  • Making your lessons student-centered, motivational and inspirational
  • Encouraging students to embrace the skills and knowledge needed to become a linguist
  • Setting your expectations to stretch and consolidate students’ learning
  • Making sure your teaching meets the demands of the new exams and challenges all students
  • Identifying the best materials and resources for teaching and revision

10.30 – 11.30am: Outstanding teaching and learning techniques to boost progress in the more complex areas

  • Planning the integration of grammar successfully into the course
  • Teaching students to tackle complex grammatical structure such as complex sentences, varied tenses etc.
  • Teaching approaches to embed key knowledge and improve students’ results
  • Tackling transactional language and spontaneous speech for the speaking examination

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 12.45pm: Differentiation: Top grades with the most able and best outcomes with the less able

  • Motivational teaching ideas and approaches to engage all students with more complex topics and raise their attainment
  • Practical strategies to ensure no student is left behind – raising the achievement of lower ability students
  • Practical approaches to stretch and challenge the most able linguists – ways to boost students to achieve mastery understanding and the top grades
  • Teaching the ‘big topics’ how to increase students’ global awareness whilst making the topics accessible and relevant to all students

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Effective assessment, marking and feedback for sustained progress

  • Supporting students in understanding, and meeting the criteria, of what the examiner is looking for
  • Using marking criteria effectively to boost grades
  • Demonstrating progress – making sure all students learn and make continuous progress across all four skills
  • Providing and engaging students with highly effective feedback which will promote learning and build student confidence

2.45 – 3.30pm: Practical technological tools to use in the classroom for progress and engagement

  • A-Z of top technological tools to engage and motivate your learners
  • Practical activities to enhance knowledge and engage students in deeper learning
  • Final top tips, discussion and networking

Samantha Broom

Samantha Broom is an experienced teacher of Spanish and French with extensive experience as Head of Department and an MA in Education. She specialises in teaching Spanish at both GCSE and A Level and has been involved in authoring resources for both Nelson Thornes (OUP) and Pearson. She is an examiner for A Level and has been heavily involved with the PGCE course at the University of Cumbria, including mentoring trainee teachers. Samantha has worked in both state and independent schools and she is an experienced presenter with a passion for using the target language in the classroom, as well as using technology to enhance teaching and learning.