This new course demonstrates how to aim for excellence in the Pearson Edexcel A level French examinations, by focussing in on the vital challenges of comprehension, speaking, grammar and translation in the exam setting. Develop and extend strategies to ensure that your students can approach these examinations with confidence and understanding and produce written and spoken French that can access the highest grades.


  • Develop and extend teaching opportunities to improve exam technique through the use of complex and varied grammar and syntax
  • Ensure your students understand expectations for top grades and how to recognise opportunities to reach them.
  • Recognise the areas of grammar that are most heavily examined
  • Learn effective strategies for translation that work
COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 12 November 2019
London | Thursday 13 February 2020
  • Teachers of Pearson Edexcel A level French
  • Heads of Department for French
  • Heads of Faculty
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 – 10.30am
Improving Technique for Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation

  • The crucial place of comprehension and grammar: manipulating the language for top marks
  • Strategies for question types: best practice for Section A, B and C
  • Harvesting the marks through thorough preparation
  • Quick hit activities to boost listening comprehension skills

10.30 – 11.30am
Teaching strategies to develop comprehension skills

  • The Pearson Edexcel topic areas – an update on focus and areas where students can still improve
  • Question types under the microscope: where do students gain and lose marks on comprehension questions?
  • Content, comprehension, sources and contexts
  • Classroom strategies for developing, extending and improving comprehension skills from the start of Year 12

11.30 – 11.40
Discussion: coffee break

11.40 – 1.00pm

  • Better translation into English
  • Better translation into French
  • The dos, the don’ts and the grammar
  • The marking of translation: what Pearson Edexcel mean by:
    • Consistent variation in use of grammatical structures, including in use of complex language, producing consistently articulate writing.
    • Consistently varied use of vocabulary, allowing ideas to be conveyed in a variety of different ways
    • Translation tasks that encourage real understanding of French

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch & informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Getting the best performance in speaking

  • Dealing with the cards, with method
  • Teaching for secure and correct grammar
  • Well-prepared independent speaking projects and spontaneous discussion
  • The marking schemes – remove the ‘unknown’

3.00 – 3.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 4.00pm
Digital teaching strategies for translation, grammar and speaking

  • Independent learning opportunities through technology
  • The multi-media A level French classroom
  • Motivation, interest and differentiated tasks for all students

Robert Pike

Robert 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.

GCSE French