The new course will help you prepare your students for the AQA A level French Paper 2 examination, including looking at the film and literature elements. The course will demonstrate how to teach the examination skills and course content to a high level, to ensure that students succeed in producing high quality essays in the examination on the Literature and Film topics. The course will focus on characterization, themes, sub-texts and literary and cinematographic techniques as well as considering the language needed for students to produce coherent pieces of writing. These include what makes a good essay, how to plan effectively and how to make notes from a variety of sources.


  • Gain teaching approaches for the examination questions to improve student outcomes
  • Consider how mark schemes are applied and how to maximise student potential
  • Acquire effective techniques to encourage depth and analysis in 40 mark essays
  • Explore a range of strategies and approaches to study literature and a film
  • Obtain a full range of ready-to-use resources and teaching ideas
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 27 February 2019
London Monday 3 June 2019
  • AQA A level French teachers
  • Heads of MFL
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
Ensuring success on Paper 2

  • Feedback from 2018 on AQA Paper 2: where students succeeded and struggled
  • What the examiners look for in excellent answers
  • Teaching approaches and strategies for essay writing in French
  • The importance of excellent French in the 40 mark questions: getting students to engage with A03
  • Using complex grammar in context: methods to improve student performance
  • Reviewing example answers to understand the differentiators for the highest AO3 marks

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Teaching the set texts and films: Characters, Themes, Styles and Techniques

  • The challenges and opportunities for teaching literature and culture for A-level French
  • Teaching ideas for preparation in Year 12: helping students understand the key issues and contexts
  • Effective approaches and strategies for teaching literature and films
  • Teaching and learning the language of film and literature to produce excellent exam answers
  • Embedding high level analytical techniques
  • Developing excellent and relevant Independent research
  • Differentiated approaches for teaching mixed ability classes

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Preparing for the examination: strategies and techniques to prepare students for Paper 2

  • Developing and improving essay writing skills
  • Teaching approaches for enhancing student exam performance
  • The exam questions and how to approach them – looking at the AO4 mark schemes for AQA l Reviewing example answers; establishing and training students to the right standards

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
High quality revision for Paper 2

  • Key considerations for students – how best to revise for a paper on Literature and Film
  • Utilising synoptic skills: bringing the skills from across the papers – and subjects
  • Practise activities which promote high quality final performance

Final discussion, questions and tips

Karine Harrington

Karine is a practising Languages teacher with vast experience as a Head of Department and examiner for GCSE and A Level. She has developed a national reputation of excellence as a conference speaker and she has written KS3 and KS4 publications and she has co-authored the latest Hodder textbook for the new Edexcel A Level specification. Her latest publication will be a revision guide and workbook for Collins as part of the new curriculum. She is an SLE for Modern Languages and Teaching and Learning and is an active member of ALL and executive member of the ALL council.

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