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This webinar will focus on the demands of Paper 2 paper, looking at the skills needed to produce a successful essay in French responding to a question on a literary text or film. In particular, we will consider the importance of planning, what is meant by analysis and evaluation and how to incorporate these skills into a successful personal response.


  • Gain knowledge of strategies for approaching different question types
  • Develop the skills of listening and reading comprehension
  • Find out how to cope with higher order skills such as inference
  • Understand the requirements of the translation exercises
  • Sharpen essay-writing skills in order to produce relevant and perceptive responses
  • Consider how to talk about the writer or director’s technique


4.00pm – Introduction, welcome and sound check

4.05pm – Writing about literature and film – getting started

  • The importance of planning
  • Reading the question carefully
  • Accurate timing
  • Structuring an answer
  • Making a judgement

4.20pm – The literature essay

  • Answering the question set
  • Showing analytical skills
  • Justifying your ideas and opinions
  • Examining the author’s style and technique
  • Using quotations
  • Accessing the higher mark bands
  • Activity – studying student responses (based on a popular text)

4.40pm – Writing about film

  • Looking at cinematographic technique
  • The director’s skill
  • The use of light and music
  • Using specialist vocabulary
  • Activity – studying student responses (based on a popular film)

5.00pm – Close

Denise Currie

Denise is an experienced teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, specialising in French and Spanish. A former Head of Department and Senior Teacher in a large independent school in the south-west, she is now working as a freelance consultant, author and trainer and has produced several publications in Spanish. Denise has extensive experience as a senior examiner and has worked for all four of the main examination boards; she currently holds positions as Principal Examiner in both French and Spanish at A Level, i A Level and GCSE. Denise has worked in both state and independent schools, is keen to promote the use of technology in language teaching and is an experienced speaker.