DATE: Wednesday 06 May 2020 4pm (1hr)


This webinar is specifically designed to help your students prepare for their GCSE languages examinations. It is wide-ranging and gives advice from an experienced examiner about how to gain those crucial few extra marks in each part of the assessment that can make the difference in terms of an overall grade. The theme of the webinar is smart working rather than hours of slog, and students will be provided with a range of ideas and materials that they can use with their teachers or independently.


  • Get tips from an experienced examiner
  • Give students an outside voice to confirm what you have been telling them
  • Develop students’ awareness of what they actually get marks for
  • Help students to work smarter and be more independent
  • Develop student confidence


Introduction, welcome and sound check

Being clear about the parts of the exam
• A quick scene setter
• What you need to do in each paper

Speaking with confidence – top tips about what to do and what to avoid

  • Dealing well with the unknown questions
  • Making sure you can form interrogatives and ask questions effectively


  • Role-play and photo card practice

Listening and Reading – the pitfalls and how to maximise your marks

  • Types of questions – objective, free response, English or the language you are learning
  • Distraction – how the exam can send you down the wrong path
  • Inference – how to read or listen between the lines


  • Top tips from the examiner
  • What you need to show the examiner in the 80-90 word question
  • Showcasing complex language and uncommon vocabulary in the long writing question
  • Activities and approaches to try in class and in the exam

Tim Guilford

Tim is an experienced education professional who held the role of Deputy Head of a London School for a number of years until recently. He is currently working as a consultant and trainer providing professional development in teaching and learning for Modern Languages as well as leadership and management, coaching and mentoring, and revision skills workshops to students. Tim has significant experience as a senior examiner and as an Ofqual consultant for A Level, and is co-authoring the new Hodder IGCSE Spanish textbook.