This course seeks to reinvigorate your teaching practice and will take a fresh look at how to maximise the potential of your A-Level class. It will explore how to make a successful transition from GCSE to A-Level ensuring that pupils have developed the knowledge and skills to make the best possible start to their A-Level study before exploring a range of approaches and strategies for teaching both Language and Literature to invigorate and refresh teaching methods and strategies.

The day is practically focussed, and will explore a range of active approaches, for teaching the unseen translation and the texts, throwing different perspectives into play to stretch able students and bring a creativity into teaching.

This new course is aimed at all teachers who are looking to refresh their teaching, and expand their range of approaches, styles, creativity and rigour. Focus will be placed also on the most challenging parts of the course.


  • Take away proven strategies, approaches and methods for teaching the set texts
  • Gain invaluable insights into how to ensure every student reaches their potential
  • Explore in-depth the demands of the language and literature papers
  • Take away creative ideas for teaching the course.
  • Increase your understanding of common pitfalls in the exams and how to avoid them
  • Discover how to stretch your highest ability students.
  • Find out how to adapt your teaching to the prior knowledge of your students.
DATE & LOCATION  Online | Thursday 18 November 2021
London | Monday 31 January 2022
  • Heads of Languages
  • All teachers of A-Level Spanish
  • Notes prepared by the educational expert leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10.00 –10.45am: Making the Leap from GCSE to A-Level

  • Progression from GCSE to A-Level in language and literature
  • Designing the GCSE scheme of work to ensure A-Level success
  • Key areas to focus on from GCSE at the start of the A-Level, especially if learning has been disrupted.


10.45 – 11.00 am: Break

11.00– 12.00pm: Preparing to Succeed in Unseen Translation: Creative Teaching Approaches

  • Creative approaches to prepare students effectively for unseen translation.
  • Effective methods for helping learners to build on and develop their range of vocabulary.
  • Proven strategies to help students recognise linguistic structures most commonly used by the set authors.
  • Practical ways to ensure students create both accurate and fluent translations every time.
  • Effective strategies to stretch the A/A* students .


12.00 – 12.50pm: Succeeding in Comprehension: reinvigorated Teaching Approaches

  • Useful ways to start practising for the comprehension paper from the outset.
  • Practical strategies for students to use in approaching the comprehension paper to maximise marks.
  • Successful approaches to help students develop a deeper understanding of the life and culture of the ancient world to support translation work.


12.50 – 1.50pm: Lunch   


1.50 pm- 3.00pm: Reinvigorated Approaches to the set texts

  • Useful advice on choosing the best combination of texts to help your students succeed
  • Fresh approaches to translating the set texts in both film and literature.
  • Effective methods to enable students to excel in critically analysing the set texts.
  • How to deal successfully with context questions.
  • Practical guidance to assist students in selecting the most appropriate information from the material to support their answers.
  • How to ensure that the wider context of the text is not lost by the students

3.00 – 3.05pm: Break


3.05 – 3.45pm: Focus on exams           

  • How to make the most of past papers, marks schemes and specimen scripts
  • How to maximise marks in translation questions
  • Revision tips to ensure examination success

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Chris Warrington

Chris Warrington has experience in the current and previous iterations of the WJEC/EDUQAS specifications for Film Studies, provided resources for the EDUQAS GCSE key documents. He is head of Film Studies at Highfields School, Matlock. He has written about film for The Guardian, Future Publishing, The Big Picture, Film Stories and more. He has also written for film and television on a freelance basis for the last ten years.

Maria Bowen

Maria Bowen has been head of a large and successful languages department for 7 years. She has a proven track record in teaching film in languages for 15 years. Maria has led training for colleagues in this area and has undertaken additional study to gain a deeper understanding of the the films and their cultural impact.