This NEW course will demonstrate how to guide your students to achieve success in AQA A-Level French Paper 1 examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter, Denise Currie, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for students to practise the skills required for Paper 1, including listening, reading and translation both into French and into English. Using feedback from 2018’s examinations on the new specification, the course will outline what is expected of students and explore ways to build your teaching around this.


  • Identify the demands of French Paper 1 and take away materials based on the set themes to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • Focus on each of the skills tested and discuss the best ways to prepare students
  • Look in detail at the different demands of questions across the paper
  • Increase understanding of the requirements of the mark scheme and how to help students to achieve high marks
  • Develop experience of how sample answers are marked
  • Find out how to use materials and ideas to allow teachers to cover  the content effectively in innovative and student friendly ways that challenge students of all abilities
COURSE DATE Friday 6 December 2019 | London
  • All Teachers of A Level French
  • Heads of Department for French
  • Heads of Faculty for 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 – 10.45am
The Demands of Paper 1: What is Being Assessed? 

  • Structure of AQA A-Level French Paper 1 and the skills it demands of students
  • Looking at the themes: finding authentic materials for practice
  • Feedback and grading analysis from the 2018 papers: what can we learn and how can we use it?
  • Analysis of mark schemes – what are the examiners looking for?
  • The importance of differentiation: coping with French students of different abilities in a small group
  • Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A/A* grade?

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 11.45pm
Key Challenges for Students in the Listening Test 

  • Listening for gist and detail: practising listening skills with students in the classroom
  • The types of question that will face the student: verbal, non-verbal
  • Preparing students to deal with inference
  • The demands of the summary task in listening
  • Using podcasts and video clips: the advantage of authentic materials

11.45 –12.30pm
Focus on Grammar: the Importance of Grammatical Knowledge in Paper 1 

  • Where is grammar tested in this paper?
  • The importance of accuracy – the ability to communicate clearly
  • Using complex structures and developing excellent grammatical skills
  • Manipulating language to respond to exam questions
  • The use of transcription and dictée: how these skills can help students focus on grammar
  • Unwrapping the grammar: using materials to practise other skills whilst focusing on grammar points

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Key Challenges for Students in the Reading Test

  • Reading and responding to a variety of text types on different topics
  • The demands of the summary task in reading
  • Building a bank of vocabulary: the importance of synonyms and word families
  • Approaches for the unseen: preparing for different question styles
  • Coping with extended passages: developing the skills needed to unpick difficult language

2.15 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.35pm
The Skill of Translation 

  • Building up to translation: strategies to develop the skills
  • Translation into French: moving from word to sentence to paragraph
  • Using translation as a tool to practise skills on other papers
  • Translation from French: the importance of clear communication in English.
  • Tackling translation: common pitfalls
  • Understanding the requirements of the AQA mark schemes for translation

Denise Currie

Denise Currie is an experienced teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and former Head of Department and Senior Teacher in a large independent school in the south-west. She is now working as a freelance consultant, author and trainer and has extensive experience as a senior examiner; she currently holds positions as Principal Examiner in French at A Level and I A Level.