This course will provide new teaching approaches, ideas and solutions for strengthening the performance of less able A Level French students in the classroom and in their final exams. The course will focus on how to develop student understanding of the key skills required to succeed in A level French and increase their confidence and therefore performance in the different examinations. Our expert speaker will demonstrate how to maximise achievement for students of low ability, using key information from the 2018 examinations and demonstrate how to improve the performance of less able students in all four skill areas.


By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Identified a range of indicators that reveal the needs of weaker students
  • Learned how to boost linguistic knowledge and understanding
  • Developed a range of teaching strategies to enhance the performance of lower ability students
  • Learned how to best support lower ability students to be successful with speaking and writing assessment tasks
  • Increased their ability to track student progress and how to intervene successfully
  • Explored enrichment ideas to raise motivation
COURSE DATES London Thursday 14 March 2019
London Tuesday 11 June 2019
  • Heads of Department for A-level French
  • Teachers of A-Level French
  • Heads of Language Faculties
  • Teachers new to teaching A-level French
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
Starting from where the student is

  • What can you learn from students’ GCSE marks?
  • Identifying and addressing misconceptions spilling over from GCSE
  • Significant support activities for students with lower GCSE results / struggling at A level
  • Beginning the practical assessment process – building confidence in speaking and listening
  • Strategies for helping students to deal with and retain the knowledge required
  • New approaches to ensure consistent success for students across the three examinations

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Outstanding teaching: ensuring the students understand the fundamental concepts

  • The fundamental principles needed for success at A Level French
  • Solving problems including translation, grammar and culture, rather than just learning facts
  • Exemplar lesson strategies for the less able student – addressing the more difficult concepts
  • Teaching approaches that increase student confidence in the most challenging areas of the specification

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Giving students proven strategies to boost exam performance

  • Looking at the different types of questions, tasks, skills and assessment demands – through the eyes of the lower ability French student
  • Boosting performance for all four Assessment Objectives
  • Building practical competence and ability to answer speaking and listening questions
  • Dealing with the written examination – practical suggestions to improve results for less able French students
  • Utilising the information from the 2018 examinations to prepare less able French students for their examinations – key areas to learn from and add to your teaching

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.15pm
Tracking progress and intervening to improve results

  • Using data effectively to set realistic and meaningful targets
  • Encouraging self-monitoring and evaluation
  • When and how to intervene with lower ability A-level French students
  • Strategies for differentiation

3.15 – 3.45pm
Enrichment programmes and new approaches to raise motivation

  • Ideas to ‘switch on’ lower ability students
  • Making learning active, with models and movies
  • Bringing the subject to life; celebrating French
  • Ideas for in class and out of hours learning
  • The importance of exam resilience for the less able in French and techniques to ensure this
  • New teaching strategies and approaches to ensure effective revision for A-level French exams

Stuart Glover

Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French. He has been chief examiner for igcse French for 5 years, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for fcse French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body. He has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing. Stuart is currently teaching Years 12 and 13 part-time at an academy in Gloucester, after having been head of MFL in two secondary schools.

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