The aim of this course is to equip you with a sound understanding of approaches to adding stretch and challenge to tasks for your most able learners, those aiming at grade 9. The day focuses on practical strategies to add demand and challenge as well as looking at the academic needs of the most able students. We will primarily work with GCSE level materials, but the approaches and materials will be equally applicable in Key Stage Three.

This course is appropriate particularly for AQA and Edexcel teachers of Languages.


  • Understand the cognitive processes of the most able
  • Take away a set of practical ideas for immediate use
  • Develop your ability to differentiate without adding to your workload
  • Focus on Grade 9 and what extra your most able students may need to do
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 27 February 2019
London Monday 24 June 2019
  • All teachers of French / Spanish who teach GCSE
  • Heads of Languages
  • Faculty leaders in 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 – 11.15am
The most able in GCSE language lessons

  • Identifying who they are
  • Recognising what they need and how to support and challenge them
  • Understanding their cognitive processes – how they think and behave

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Receptive skills – Listening and reading

  • Teaching inference skills to help develop students confidence and understanding
  • Quick and simple adaptations of materials
  • Practical tools to support students in multi-skill tasks
  • Approaching the longer texts: reading and listening beyond the scope of GCSE

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Productive skills – Speaking and Writing

  • Effective strategies for developing spontaneous speaking
  • How to incorporate and develop higher order thinking in writing tasks
  • Practical ways to approach complex vocabulary and expressions
  • Effective and structured ways to improve students’ writing accuracy
  • Strategies to develop key independent skills for improved writing
  • Planning for progress – identifying weaknesses and planning for success

2.15 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.45pm
Holistic language skills

  • Translation as a pedagogic tool
  • Using literary texts and film to widen linguistic and cultural horizons
  • Grammar beyond gap-fill
  • Are they now A Level ready?

3.45 – 4.00pm
Skills and strategies for exam success

  • Teaching students effective study skills
  • Encouraging students to take ownership of their own learning

Tim Guilford

Tim is an author, former GCSE examiner and consultant in modern languages, with many years’ experience as a trainer. Tim’s courses focus on practical strategies, ideas and discussion and he is mindful of the workload of teachers, so he teaches delegates to work smarter, not harder!

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