A course that aims for excellence in the AQA A level French examinations, by focussing in on the challenges of comprehension, speaking, grammar and translation in an exam setting. Delivered by the co-author of Oxford University Press’ A level French for AQA series, learn strategies to ensure that your pupils can approach these examinations with confidence and understanding. Gain a deep and detailed understanding of question types, mark schemes and examiner feedback. Most importantly learn how to equip students to perform to the very best of their ability.


  • Develop and extend teaching opportunities to improve exam technique
  • Take away approaches to ensure your students understand expectations for top grades and how to recognise opportunities to reach them
  • Recognise the areas of grammar that are most heavily examined
  • Gain effective strategies for translations that work and gain access to the best marks
COURSE DATE London | Thursday 13 February 2020
  • Teachers of AQA A level French
  • Heads of French
  • Heads of MFL Departments
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 – 10.20am
Technique for Paper 1

  • Where candidates continue to struggle with grammar and translation – at all grade levels
  • Thinking strategies for question formats
  • Harvesting the marks through thorough preparation

10.20 – 11.20am
Strategies to develop comprehension skills

  • Topics and question types
  • Sections A and B under the microscope
  • Drawing complex factual and abstract content from a range of sources and contexts
  • Summarising for gist and detail
  • Developing comprehension skills in the classroom: tactics and methods

11.20 – 11.40am
Discussion: coffee break

11.40 – 1.00pm
Teaching translation skills for better results

  • Translation into English
  • Translation into French
  • The dos, the don’ts and the grammar
  • The marking of translation – what you need to know and apply to strengthen student outcomes

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch & informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Getting the best performance in speaking

  • Automaticity and precision in speaking
  • Teaching for secure and correct grammar
  • Well-prepared independent speaking projects and spontaneous discussion
  • The marking schemes – remove the ‘unknown’

3.00 – 3.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 4.00pm
Digital teaching strategies for translation, grammar and speaking

  • Independent learning opportunities through technology
  • The multi-media A level French classroom
  • Digital strategies to stretch A and A* students

Robert Pike

Robert is an experienced trainer, author and teacher of French. He recently co-authored a new ‘A Level’ French textbook for AQA, as well as several products for the new GCSE. He has worked on many other French products such as Allez, Studio and Clic. An experienced MFL teacher and former Head of French, he delivers training courses across a broad range of topics including effective differentiation, outstanding teaching and getting results at GCSE and A Level. He delivers courses that are interactive, discursive and up to date with curriculum changes. Whilst teaching full-time he led the way with the use of technology in the classroom. An early adopter, he developed simple ways of making it work for himself, his colleagues and his pupils. Central to his teaching has always been an interest in the development of effective methods of challenging learners of all levels. He is also part of the ITT team at the University of Worcester where he helps develop the next generation of language teachers.