This new course, led by an experienced GCSE languages examiner and presenter, will provide current and new teachers of GCSE French 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 French regardless of examination board, and appreciate how it is structured.

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 French. 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 f 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 DATES London Monday 1 April 2019
London Friday 14 June 2019
  • Heads of Modern Languages
  • Teachers of French
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 the new specification’s 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
  • An examination of feedback from 2018 to examine Outstanding Achievement

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.00pm
Spontaneous speaking

  • 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

  • What are the common types of questions and how to approach them for maximum marks
  • 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 the higher grade 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

  • 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

Stuart Glover

Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French. He has been chief examiner for igcse French for 5 years, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for fcse French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body. He has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing. Stuart is currently teaching Years 12 and 13 part-time at an academy in Gloucester, after having been head of MFL in two secondary schools.

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