Build up your repertoire of strategies to teach exam skills and knowledge for Paper 2 (Speaking) and Paper 4 (Writing) of the AQA GCSE French examination.

This webinar includes a set of notes and resources which will enable you to revisit the main points covered in the course as well as share with colleagues to help improve pupils’ exam preparation and revision.

This interactive webinar will focus on teaching the most challenging areas of the Paper 2 and Paper 3, including:

  • Encouraging spontaneity, fluency and the development of ideas orally
  • Developing the range and the accuracy of lexis and structures used
  • Helping pupils to improve their pronunciation and intonation
  • Applying grammar and conveying messages accurately when translating into French


  • Identifying exam techniques to support your pupils to achieve the very best result
  • Gain deep understanding of the marking scheme and how to achieve the highest scores in the Speaking and Writing papers
  • Developing a range of strategies to enable your pupils to produce high quality answers
  • Best practice guidance from an experienced GCSE teacher and native French speaker
  • A set of notes and resources that you will be able to use immediately with your classes
DATE & LOCATION  Online | Thursday 01 April 2021 (4.00 – 5.00pm)
Online | Friday 11 June 2021 (3.30 – 4.30pm)
  • New GCSE Teachers of French
  • GCSE Teachers of French looking for new ideas
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


Introduction, welcome and sound check

Preparing pupils for the requirements of the speaking paper

  • Photo card and role-play – simple activities to get them started
  • Conversation – how to foster quality interactions amongst your students
  • Planning for spontaneity

Tips and hints for maximising performance in the speaking exam

  • Effective methods to support understanding and asking questions
  • Ways to develop sentence-building and the development of ideas
  • How to foster an impressive use of grammar

Developing pupils’ core language skills for the speaking and writing paper

  •  Understanding of rubric vocabulary
  • Tenses and time phrases – what to focus on
  • Manipulating language from questions to answers

Preparing pupils for the requirements of the writing paper

  • Different question types and their challenges and strategies to support students
  • Resources to practise skills needed in the exam
  • Teaching proofreading for a range of structures and grammatical accuracy

Tips and Hints to maximise performance in the writing exam

  • Meeting assessment criteria in practice
  • Common pitfalls to avoid in the exam
  • Improving performance in the translation into French

Presentation of additional resources and close

Isabelle Jones

Isabelle Jones is a highly experienced teacher and leader in Foreign Languages, she has worked in a range of schools, facing the full breadth of challenges facing the teachers today. Isabelle has delivered Professional Development in a range of settings including for the ALL, schools and universities. She has been involved in reviewing and authoring a number of textbooks, magazines and online materials such as the OUP French GCSE textbook, BBC bitesize and MGP. Isabelle has also been a contributor to the TES and the Guardian and currently blogs at isabellejones.blogspot.com