This course will look at the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and equip attendees with ideas to implement in the classroom to fully prepare students for and optimise their performance in their GCSE examination.

It is suitable for anyone in the first years of teaching German GCSE, or wanting to enhance their confidence in their teaching of GCSE German.

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  • NQTs in German.
  • Teachers aiming to teach German GCSE in the future or who have just started teaching GCSE for the first time.
  • Teachers seeking to hone their skills and improve confidence in teaching GCSE German
  • Notes prepared by the educational expert leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


  • Gain the latest understanding of the features of effective teaching and learning for GCSE German
  • Develop your understanding of examination requirements and what is required to gain the highest marks in each skill
  • Take away practical tips for each skill to improve student performance and confidence


1.30– 2pm: Introduction and current challenges in Foreign Language teaching   

  • Changes to the syllabus due to Covid
  • The speaking endorsement – should speaking simply be ‘off the table’?
  • Catching up with vocabulary and grammar

 2-2.40pm:  Effective strategies for teaching listening and reading skills

  • Demands of the examinations and how to prepare students effectively
  • Embedding examination technique into every lesson
  • Strategies to improve student confidence

2.40-2.55:  Break 

2.55 – 3.35pm: Speaking (not the endorsement!) – how to improve student performance

  • Embedding speaking into the heart of every lesson
  • How to use opinions and justifications to gain the top marks
  • Questioning technique – preparing students for spontaneity and extended answers 

3.35-4.05:  Writing in the examination

  • Effective scaffolding of tasks for foundation tier students
  • How to approach preparation of the longer writing tasks
  • Vocabulary and grammar – what is expected to gain the top marks?

4.05-4.15pm: Break 

4.15-4.55pm: Teaching translation

  • Expectations of the examination and how to gain the most marks
  • The challenge of translation from German into English and strategies to help students in the examination
  • Translation from English into German and its pitfalls

4.55pm: Time for questions and discussion.            

Lynnette Ketchell

Lynnette Ketchell is a highly experienced teacher of Foreign Languages and has worked in a variety of school settings. She has been Head of German in a large academy and, until recently, was Head of Languages in a high achieving school in the North West of England. Lynnette has been a German examiner for over 20 years on a variety of examination papers and is currently a Principal Examiner at Pearson and an examiner at AQA. She has recently launched her own teaching, tutoring and translation business.