This course is intended to provide teachers who are about to start or in their first couple of years teaching GCSE French with all they need to teach their course effectively. It will equip delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective GCSE French teacher, focusing on the core areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing both in terms of classroom teaching ideas and preparation for the terminal examinations in these skill areas. Stuart brings a wealth of experience from the classroom and exam marking to provide delegates with tips on how to overcome issues in the classroom and to guide students to optimise their examination performance. The course will reflect current challenges and any modifications to the exam system.


  • Gain the latest understanding of the features of effective teaching and learning for GCSE French.
  • Address the challenges faced by teachers where students have missed vital lessons caused by the current pandemic.
  • Take away practical tips for enhanced teaching and learning in the classroom and virtual classroom.
  • Examine methods to assess and maximise student progress.
  • Develop students’ skills in the 4 key areas of the language.
  • Increase student confidence in the examination.
  • Take away hints and tips to enhance student performance in the examinations in all 4 key skills.
LOCATION & DATE Online | Monday 19 April 2021
Online | Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • All teachers of GCSE French
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Language Faculties
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice, resources and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance



Challenges of issues caused by Covid

  • Brief discussion on challenges created by Covid for teaching
  • Looking forward to addressing these issues as they arise in the course.

 Teaching the receptive skills

  •  Practical tips to enhance the teaching of reading and listening
  • Effective methods to assess progress and attainment in reading and listening
  • Demands of the examinations and how to prepare students successfully from first teaching
  • Strategies to increase student confidence
  • Successful teaching with literary texts


Becoming an effective teacher of speaking

  • Practical ideas to create a successful French classroom
  • How to develop spontaneous speaking
  • Engaging games and new methods to embed speaking skills
  • Developing student confidence
  • Advice on running a successful endorsement assessment

 Effective strategies for teaching translation

  •  An overview of the 2 translation tasks – what to be most attentive of
  • Key considerations and powerful strategies for teaching translation skills
  • Highlighting challenges of French to English translation and how to overcome them
  • Challenges of the English to French translation and tips and strategies to foster student progress
  • Importance of avoiding paraphrase 


Title The writing tasks

  • Dissecting the writing tasks at foundation tier and scaffolding them for students
  • Raising expectations and overcoming demands of the writing tasks at higher tier
  • How to maximise vocabulary acquisition
  • Practical advice for classroom teaching and learning of writing skills
  • Best practices in teaching grammar


Stuart Glover Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French, he has been head of department and taught till 2020. He has been chief examiner for igcse French, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for Gcse French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body.
Stuart 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.