This new course is aimed at experienced GCSE languages teachers looking to improve their results further. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter, Georgina Irvine, who has taught in the TES Top Independent School of the Year, the course will focus on the 2019 AQA Spanish and French GCSE examinations with significant reference to the examiners’ report for each of the four papers. There will be a strong focus on the specific challenges of each paper at Foundation and Higher levels with attention to the styles of questions and how teachers can prepare their students for further success in the 2020 examinations.


  • Understand the examiners’ reports and how they can be used to improve your future results
  • Identify common question types and topic areas and anticipate future examination content
  • Take away new ideas for creating your own examination-style activities using authentic source materials and literary texts
  • Gain an understanding of what is required to achieve a Grades 7, 8 and 9 in GCSE languages
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 21 November 2019
London | Thursday 12 March 2020
  • All Teachers of AQA GCSE Spanish
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE French
  • Heads of Department for AQA Spanish
  • Heads of Department for AQA French
  • Heads of Faculty for AQA 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 – 10.15am
Introduction and 2019 overview

  • Looking at 2019’s results and identifying trends
  • Identifying the areas of weakness that require extra focus
  • Anticipating future examination content and style

10.15 – 11.00am
Using 2019 feedback for improving teaching and performance in 2020

  • What can we learn from the examiners’ reports?
  • To what extent do we need to remodel our Schemes of Work?
  • How can we improve lesson content to focus on areas for improvement?
  • What are the key areas of grammar that still require attention?

11.00 – 11.15pm
Discussion and coffee break

11.15 – 11.45am
Paper 1 – Listening: question types and where teachers need to focus

  • Positive / Negative / Positive and Negative questions
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Interviews and debates: identifying the areas of concern
  • Choosing from a list
  • Harder questions with answers in English
  • Transcribing questions
  • Gaining 7, 8 and 9
  • Looking ahead: creating your own examination-style practice questions

11.45 – 12.30pm
Paper 2 – Speaking: challenging topics and specific areas for focus in GCSE

  • Role-plays: understanding the bullet points and asking a good question
  • Photo cards: timing issues, preparation guidance and the unseen questions
  • General Conversation: keeping the conversations authentic
  • Gaining 7, 8 and 9
  • Looking ahead: creating your own examination-style practice questions

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Paper 3 – Reading: Questions and question types – where teachers need to focus

  • Past, present, future questions
  • Questionnaire-type questions
  • Gap-fills
  • Literary texts as authentic reading source material
  • Longer answers
  • Translations
  • Gaining 7, 8 and 9
  • Looking ahead: creating your own examination-style practice questions

2.30 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
Paper 4 – Writing: question types and marking grids

  • Question choice: a look at the bullet points and a guide to planning
  • Avoiding writing irrelevant content
  • Translations: recognising tenses and high-frequency vocabulary
  • Gaining 7, 8 and 9
  • Looking ahead: creating your own examination-style practice questions

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Georgina Irvine

With over 20 years’ experience in top independent schools in the North West and the Caribbean, Georgina is passionate about teaching Spanish language and culture. Her A Level examination results far exceed the national average and the majority of her students chose to continue their Spanish studies at university.

Teaching Languages