The recently re-designed AQA A level French specification provides plenty of opportunities for students to excel, but a good understanding of its main elements is essential if you are going to get the best out of all students . This course will help you to feel more confident about delivering the grammar, content and skills required at A Level, with a focus on preparing students for examinations. Delegates will take away a multitude of effective and proven teaching and learning ideas to ensure that students are prepared effectively for success at examination time.


  • Take away new strategies & resources to maximise students’ progress in all skill areas
  • Deliver topics in an exciting and student-centred way
  • Teach grammar, translation, and the films and books in an engaging manner
  • Develop strategies to ensure students work autonomously and resiliently
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 26 March 2019
London Tuesday 25 June 2019
  • A level French teachers teaching AQA specification
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 – 11.15am
Exploring the demands of the AQA A Level French specification

  • Explore the requirements of the examinations and consider lessons that can be learned from feedback from the 2018 series
  • Targeting the key skills from lesson one
  • Bridging the gap between GCSE and A level
  • Planning effectively to ensure good student progress from the outset

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Paper 1 Listening, Reading and writing – building all-rounders

  • Targeting high scoring skills areas
  • Practical strategies to support, motivate and challenge all learners
  • Strategies to support students using complex structures (such as the subjunctive) realistically, and ensuring accuracy in language, avoiding costly ‘serious errors’

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Paper 3 Speaking, preparation and idea generation

  • Effective strategies to differentiate, support and develop spontaneous speaking skills
  • How to ensure fluency and interaction between the examiner/student in speaking examinations
  • Pulling apart exam requirements and starting preparation for all sections, including the Independent Research Project early

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Paper 2 Books and films – essays for success

  • Effective strategies to improve writing skills at A Level
  • How to teach the works effectively, and motivate learners
  • Writing excellent essays: key skills for A-level 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.

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