The new Modern Languages AS/A-levels: how to hit the ground running

The current GCSE does not always give students a strong enough foundation for further learning, and the new AS and A-levels are now bringing in fresh challenges at KS5. Exam Boards are producing support materials for the new features of their AS and A-level examinations. However, such materials will only pay dividend if the early stages of year 12 prepare students well enough for the challenges ahead.

This CPD course for teachers will focus on:

  • what the major changes to AS and A-level are
  • how to consolidate pre-KS5 learning in the early stages of year 12
  • how to prepare the ground for key features of the new AS/A-level exams - particularly
    • film and literature study
    • independent research
    • summarising information
    • speaking from notes
    • translation
    • discursive skills

The examples used in this course will be mainly in French, but the emphasis throughout will be on generic approaches applicable to all languages.

Presenter profile


Martine Pillette is an independent MFL consultant and author and a senior examiner for an international organisation. She leads MFL training sessions throughout the UK, has been involved in many national and regional KS2-5 initiatives and also helps individual MFL departments to strengthen their practice. She is particularly interested in issues of challenge, engagement and skill-based teaching and learning. She is well known for her realistic and engaging classroom ideas.

Feedback from teachers on Martine's course

Martine’s courses are always inspirational and full of practical ideas to enhance teachers’ everyday workload. Thank you!
Inspirational as always. I want to go away and redesign everything tonight!
Lots of ideas that can be used immediately! Fab CPD – I feel re-energised.
You generated a really nice atmosphere. Loads of information which helps to understand the context of changes.
Very informative, practical course. It has enthused and made me think of new ways to teach this exam.
Numerous examples of tasks to apply in lessons for the four skills. Very useful!
Very interesting and enjoyable. Lovely delivery from Martine, loved her enthusiasm and passion.

Cost: £145 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £199 for 2 teachers from the same school

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