This course is designed for all teachers of A level French who wish to ensure the high achievement of their students in the Speaking examination.

The course, led by Stuart Glover, will help teachers raise attainment in their students’ performance on the speaking paper, building on the feedback from the summer 2018 exam series and developing student skills, including in using sophisticated language and grammar under examination pressure, understanding and abilities to be able to achieve well in summer 2019.


  • Gain expert feedback on the summer 2018 exam to impact on your teaching for 2019
  • Identify the key areas of strength and weakness for high achieving students
  • Gain expert advice from two leading A level French leads
  • Take away effective, successful approaches to improve speaking skills with lower attaining students
  • Explore examples of student responses, to scrutinise Grades B and Grades A/A* to help students make progress, also Grades C to Grade B
  • Take away valuable guidelines on how to assess well and give effective feedback throughout the course
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 5 March 2019
London Thursday 13 June 2019
  • Heads of Department for French
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Teachers of A-level 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 – 10.50am
The key messages from the 2018 examination speaking examinations

  • Feedback from 2018 – what key issues did examiners raise?
  • What does this tell us about the mid-range student?
  • Key areas of strength and weakness for high achieving students on the speaking exam
  • What should ‘speaking’ teaching focus on?
  • How can students improve on working to a stimulus?
  • Lessons for the 2019 exams – how to prepare your students for the specific problems of the speaking exam

10.50 – 11.10am
Discussion: coffee break

11.10 – 12.10pm
Improving Speaking Skills with lower attaining students

  • The importance of planning work with students to facilitate a ‘step-by-step- approach to improving speaking skills
  • Managing the varying skill set in the classroom
  • A close examination of the specification and assessment requirements to identify how to address weakness and ensure student progress
  • Tackling weaker students’ speaking skills – approaches, ideas, and practical strategies

12.10 – 1.00pm
Working with highly able students on the Speaking Paper

  • Ensuring high level students meet the Assessment Objective requirements
  • Examples of strategies and practical approaches to ensure that students at Grades B to A/A* work to the highest standards
  • Skills requirements: how to demonstrate high level skills
  • The importance of spontaneous speaking for A-level French and what makes a good and excellent answer under exam conditions
  • Working to the stimulus to bring out the highest skill levels

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.50pm
Preparing students for success in the Independent research project

  • Feedback from 2018: key lessons to integrate into your teaching to ensure students succeed in future examinations
  • Teaching approaches to the four themes to ensure that students are fully prepared
  • Strategies and methods for supporting students in their research, to ensure that they can achieve well in the examination
  • Explore practical examples that improve progress and performance across the ability range and access the full 35 marks available

2.50 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Getting to grips with the key challenges of the stimulus cards and the themes

  • What high performing students did well in in their answers to the sub-theme in 2018 and how to ensure that your students do the same in 2019
  • Teaching approaches and practice activities to ensure students can perform spontaneously and to a high level under pressure
  • Questioning techniques that maximise student ability and potential – making sure the full 25 marks are accessible to your students

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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