This NEW course aims to demonstrate practically a range of innovatory and engaging techniques for teaching all aspects of GCSE French. It will cover groups of a wide range of ability but also cater for the more able. The course covers all examination boards and focuses on the outstanding teaching and subsequent learning than can take place. Starting with the bigger picture of a two or three year GCSE course, it will explore the strands of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Led by senior examiners the course will explore how to develop relevant and appropriate skills across the ability range at both passive and active levels, so that all students will feel confident about studying GCSE French.


  • Develop planning and teaching to raise standards and achievement levels
  • Effective approaches at developing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills that ensure success in the  examinations yet engage all pupils in class
  • Understand how to accurately assess students’ progress
  • Teaching methods and resources designed to maintain the pupils’ interest throughout the course
COURSE DATE Online | Tuesday 23 June 2020
  • All teachers of GCSE French
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Language Faculties
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
Oustanding Teaching and Learning at GCSE level 

  • What is outstanding teaching and learning in GCSE French?
  • The challenges of GCSE French: content, grammar and covering these in an interesting way, for example using the PACE model
  • Teaching GCSE French – approaches to teaching across the ability range
  • Planning for success – how to structure your two/three year courses to stimulate, motivate and create outstanding progress
  • When and how to revisit themes and skills
  • Transition from KS3 – GCSE – laying the skills, techniques, motivation, and excitement to make the transition from KS3 to GCSE

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.00pm
Techniques and approaches to engage students reading and listening

  • Stunning starters for your GCSE group
  • Techniques, skills, activities, games, etc which stimulate and start developing the skills students need such as skimming, reading and listening for detail and close tasks as well as the importance of word families and synonyms
  • Improving performance in receptive skills – a range of ideas including looking at literary texts and grade targeted questions

12.00 – 1.00pm
Approaching speaking

  • Strategies, and techniques to develop spontaneity and independence using taboo, spending phrases, trapdoor and 3 words
  • What is needed to access the higher grades at GCSE
  • Effective practical activities that work in class
  • Dealing effectively with photo discussions and role plays

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch & informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Developing writing skills 

  • Approaches to developing awareness of structure and grammar
  • Effective writing activities in class and practical strategies to enhance performance
  • How to maximise grammatical knowledge and use this effectively’
  • Being more creative in writing for both Foundation and Higher tier students
  • Strategies for translating to and from the target language, involving methods to ensure the translation of key ideas and avoiding paraphrase, such as two way translation skills and partial translations

3.00 – 3.10pm
Afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.40pm
Preparing students for examination

  • Achieving those top 7-9 grades – top tips such as targeting specific questions
  • How to assess and monitor your students accurately to ensure minimal underachievement
  • Making revision more efficient
  • Tackling typical examination questions at GCSE – avoiding mistakes and maximising marks
  • Developing examination technique Bringing it all together
  • Considering how to plan for engagement for all in lessons
  • How to ensure planning takes in to account the needs of all learners
  • Using the target language in class

Stuart Glover is an expert in Modern Language teaching, learning, examining and leadership, with years of GCSE and A Level examining. He is a well known national presenter and also has been a Head of Department in schools.

Juliet Park is a renowned Languages speaker, author and CPD trainer covering primary to A-level languages; she specialises in GCSE and is subject leader for a Leeds based school where she is also responsible for driving language initiatives as part of a wider curriculum policy.