This new course, led by an experienced GCSE languages examiner and presenter, will provide current and new teachers of GCSE Spanish with many of the tools required to deliver the new specification successfully to their students. Teachers will gain a thorough awareness of the demands of GCSE Spanish for both AQA and Edexcel, and appreciate how it is structured. (Please note that the course is not suitable for teachers of the Eduqas or WJEC specifications).

Teachers will also be guided through suggested organisation, planning and teaching strategies to use with all students to order to maximise attainment in all 4 areas of GCSE Spanish. While the course will focus in particular on the demands of the speaking and writing elements of the spec, listening and reading will also be covered. Teachers will take away a range of fresh approaches and practical strategies in the quest for Grades 5 – 9.


  • Increase confidence in conducting speaking tests which maximise student potential
  • Enhance classroom practice to cope with the demands of spontaneous speaking and exam writing
  • Understand how the new mark schemes operate
  • Take away strategies to cope with the new demands of reading and listening
  • Gain insights into how students can optimise their abilities in the subject


COURSE DATE London Friday 02 November 2018
  • Heads of Modern Languages
  • Teachers of Spanish
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 – 11.00am Tackling the demands of Speaking Tests

  • Dealing with role plays- how to get round problems
  • The photo card- how to plan for and execute responses which can impress
  • The general conversation- which questions to ask, how to best develop answers and how to stimulate appropriate responses
  • Timing of the exam and knowing what to say when!
  • What performance at the higher grade levels might look like

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.00pm: Spontaneous Speaking in the Classroom

  • Classroom implications- starting early and using the target language
  • Strategies to improve spontaneity- from classroom practice to exam success
  • Improving fluency without sacrificing accuracy
  • Making speaking sessions more fun
  • Group, pair and independent work
  • What performance at the higher grade levels might look like

12.00 – 1.00pm: Coping with the demands of the new writing examination

  • Developing student confidence
  • Strategies for improving performance- upgrading essays, working to a word count
  • Grammar, vocabulary, range and accuracy
  • Dealing with photos and target language rubrics and translation into the target language
  • What performance at key grades 5 and 9 levels might look like

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: The receptive skills- reading and listening

  • Dealing with translation from the target language
  • What is new in the listening and reading exams
  • Strategies to develop skills in receptive areas
  • What performance at the higher grade levels might look like

3.00 – 3.05pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.05 – 3.45pm: Leading Learning and developing others

  • What does an outstanding linguist look like?
  • What does an outstanding MFL classroom look like?
  • How to evidence results in teaching and learning across the department
  • Preparing for the future- your vision and that of your department

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.

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