The focus of this NEW conference is to support students in securing their best possible grades in the 2020 GCSE German exams.  The conference will focus on the challenging areas highlighted in the 2019 exams, and support students to develop the expected skills and knowledge for 2020.  The day is designed as a motivational revision day, with leading language experts and examiners giving quality advice, guidance, exam techniques and tips throughout the day.

The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.


  • Gain top quality advice, guidance and exam techniques from senior expert examiners in GCSE German
  • Find out how to raise your grade from one level to the next in specific sections of the exam
  • Enjoy and memorable, valuable and varied interactive experience.
  • Take away a set of revision notes, written by senior examiners, which includes key pointers, examination tips, techniques, revision points
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.30– 10.40am
Quick-fire pronunciation practice

10:40 – 11:10am Paper 2: Speaking: tackling the picture-based tasks with confidence

  • Explore how to get the most out of the stimulus card
  • Obtain expert guidance on how to avoid nerves and produce excellent responses
  • Improving answers: work though examples to see what differentiates top answers
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Interactive pair-work photocard activity

11:10 – 11:40am
Paper 2 – success in the GCSE German Role-plays

  • How to stand out: tackling the role plays
  • Developing confidence: how to respond to questions / be spontaneous;
  • Listen to / watch examples that highlight the difference between levels
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Plan and produce a role-play: what would it score?

11.40– 11.50am
Ask the examiners – your questions answered

11.50 – 12.10pm
Submit your questions for the experts

12:10 – 12:40pm
Translation – Grammar – Vocabulary

  • German grammar pitfalls – what is wrong and why?
  • Active vocabulary learning: techniques that work
  • Interactive pair-work translation activities

12.40- 1.10pm

Question box A prize is awarded for the best question

1.20  – 1.50pm
Papers 1 and 3 –strengthening your listening and reading skills

  • What does the examiner expect to see? How do the questions catch students out?
  • Skills workshop: Learning and using vocabulary with examiner guidance

1.50 – 2:20 pm
Paper 4 – Developing your German writing skills

  • The shorter writing tasks: what the examiners expect to see
  • The extended writing tasks: what the examiners want and how to meet this
  • Using wide-ranging vocabulary to make your writing more interesting
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Examine different levels of responses, how to improve your mark
  • Complexity is the keyhow to make writing better

2.20 – 2.50
Producing an excellent conversation in German

  • Top tips from the examiners, with student exercises to show how these work

2.50 – 3.00pm
Final Quiz and Top Tips

  • Advice on how to best use revision tools, including the specification
  • A reminder of the key lessons and advice provided during the day

Wanda Marshall

Wanda is an experienced examiner for a leading examination board for German which she also teaches in a sixth form college, with up to date experience of the two major examination boards for Languages. She has taught German for twenty years and led a German department in a large comprehensive school. She has written articles for the Association for Language Learning, including on Action Research and is editor of Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen – the German Language Zone.

Jessica Houghton

Jessica is an experienced examiner for a leading examination board for GCSE German. She is Head of German in a very high performing school in Cheshire. Her students achieve excellent results every year and she is renowned for the quality and innovative nature of resources and training materials being awarded German Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT