This new course focusses in on the key challenges and difficulties of all three examinations for AQA A-level French with teaching ideas for how to ensure that all of your students improve their results. Learn strategies to ensure that these challenging papers are approached with confidence and understanding. Gain a deep and detailed understanding of question types, mark schemes and examiner feedback and how these can be used to promote high performance learning and exam attainment. Most importantly learn how to equip students to perform to the very best of their ability across the different exams. Delivered by the co-author of Oxford University Press’ A-level French for AQA series, this course provides key guidance and methods that work for boosting student results.


  • Explore teaching methods that means students can maximise marks on all three examination papers
  • Develop your exam technique teaching expertise to improve the results of all students
  • Ensure you and your students understand expectations for top grades and how to recognise opportunities to reach them
  • Take away strategies to ensure quality essays for Paper 2
  • Explore best practice approaches for the independent research project and the speaking examination
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 12 November 2019
  • Heads of Department for French
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Teachers of 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 – 10.15am
A-level French for AQA – Key messages and Feedback 

  • Key messages from the 2018 and 2019 papers and using these to inform your teaching
  • Planning progression to ensure exam readiness: where students should be at the end of Year 12 and during Year 13

10:15 – 11:30
Ensuring Successful Performance in Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing 

  • Planning the current trends and current issues topics to ensure success on the paper
  • Teaching approaches for how French-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change
  • Section A under the microscope – Listening and Writing question types
  • Drawing complex factual and abstract content from a range of sources and contexts
  • Section B under the microscope – Reading and writing question types
  • The skill of summarising for gist and selecting relevant detail
  • Translation – two-way translation, the dos and don’ts, including the importance of good English

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Developing Student Skills on Paper 2: Writing – The Set Works Essay Paper 

  • Getting the best out of the chosen AQA works – books (using No et moi) and films (using La Haine)understanding the validity of an opinion, the importance of a theme or character in French works
  • Developing students’ essay writing skills: a simple and easy to remember formula
  • Teaching planning to avoid essays that are repetitive or do not answer the question, using L’étranger
  • Enhancing techniques for developing detailed knowledge and understanding of the narrative,themes and characters
  • Exploring techniques for pupils to improve written work through re-drafting

12.45 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Paper 3 Speaking – Improving Performance from the Start 

  • Preparation from day one – structuring teaching to maximise speaking opportunities
  • ‘Sub-theme’ discussion – Preparation and full exploitation on the day
  • Choosing and planning for The Independent research project
  • The teacher-examiner’s preparation and how getting this right can be key to excellent results
  • Well-prepared student presentations and spontaneous discussions on independent research
  • Applying knowledge of pronunciation, morphology and syntax, vocabulary and idiom to communicate accurately and coherently, using a range of expression for top marks
  • The marking schemes – remove the ‘unknown’ to enable all students to improve their performance

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion & afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Bringing it All Together

  • A level lessons – exam technique from day one of the course.
  • Dealing with mixed-ability classes

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.

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AQA A-level French