This NEW course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve the best possible grades in future AQA A-Level French examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter Stuart Glover, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for all three examination papers which will stretch and challenge all students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from 2018’s examinations on the new specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students, how to differentiate your teaching for all students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of the highest grades and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across all three examination papers
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels and how all students can attain better marks.
  • Sample answers at will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 26 February 2019
London Wednesday 12 June 2019
  • Heads of Department for A-level French
  • Teachers of A-Level French
  • Heads of Language Faculties
  • Teachers new to teaching 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 AQA A-level French Examinations

  • Feedback from 2018 – what key issues did examiners raise across the papers?
  • Identifying the key areas of strength and weakness for mid-range and high achieving students on all three examinations
  • Lessons for the 2019 exams – how to prepare your students for the specific problems seen on each of the four Assessment Objectives

10.50 – 11.10am
Discussion: coffee break

11.10 – 12.10pm
Teaching French-speaking society, culture and political life for Paper 1

  • Building vocabulary and developing skills for excellent answers to the listening questions
  • Analysing the translation questions: where is an A/A* and a C achieved or lost?
  • Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick the most difficult French
  • Stretching students with your choice of unseen passages
  • Approaches for the paper: preparing for questions on society, culture and political life and the different question styles faced
  • Using prose composition and grammatical analysis to stretch able students

12.10 – 1.00pm
Teaching literature and film (Paper 2): stretching and challenging students

  • Key areas of strength and weakness on the set literature and films in 2018 and how to build this information into students’ exam preparations
  • Moving on from GCSE approaches – how to make all students into independent readers
  • Using wider reading to prepare for and complement the set texts and films
  • Examining context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
  • Working up to full answers, and using them to stretch students
  • New approaches to differentiation which ensure all students can succeed on Paper 2

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Ensuring success in the Paper 3 Speaking examination

  • Key strategies to strengthen student confidence and skill in the use of stimulus materials
  • Approaches to the paper: ensuring students are working to a sufficiently sophisticated level to ensure success in the examination
  • Preparing students for the Independent Research Project so that they can produce fluid and complex French under examination conditions
  • The importance of spontaneous speaking for producing a strong answer – and how to develop this with all students

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
A-level French exams: tactics for achieving the highest grades

  • The shorter questions: the potential pitfalls and how to ensure success
  • Focus on the essay questions: what do students need to do to succeed with the various skills required?
  • Varying commentary practice to stretch and challenge students at all levels
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays

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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