This course will focus on exactly what students will need to produce in each element of the new speaking exam and how they will be assessed and graded, including examples of student responses at different grades.


  • Maintain or improve student outcomes in speaking exam
  • Take away practical teaching approaches for the classroom
  • Gain practical strategies for improving speaking skills
  • Encourage confidence, spontaneous and intelligible spoken language
  • Target key changes and areas of challenge
COURSE DATES London, Thu 22 Jun 2017
WHO FOR?  Teachers of MFL
Heads of MFL
Key stage co-ordinators
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.30am: Overview of the changes

  • Planning and implementing a successful and cohesive speaking strategy
  • Building on Key Stages 2 and 3

10.30 – 11.30am: Developing speaking skills

  • Developing confidence in speaking spontaneously in a foreign language
  • Strategies for improving pronunciation and intonation

11.30 – 12.45pm: Planning towards GCSE assessment (1) :Role – play and Picture Stimulus

  • Exploring Grades: requirements at Foundation and Higher Tier?
  • Strategies to support less able students and stretch most able

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 – 2.45pm: Planning towards GCSE assessment (2) :General Conversation

  • Exploring the importance of the teacher-examiner role
  • Exam technique and using repair strategies successfully

2.45 – 3.00pm: Break


3.00 – 3.30pm: Progress and engagement

  • Motivation and interest
  • What does progress look like over time?
  • Assessment for learning and tracking progress throughout KS3 & KS4

Robert Pike

Robert Pike 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.