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

Absolutely fantastic preparation for the new A-level with a focus on skill which will serve students beyond A-level studies.
The day was extremely useful, especially for ideas that I can use in my teaching and ways in which I can encourage pupils to speak more without worrying about accuracy. Very inspiring – thank you.
Even though I have taught A-level for a long time this gave me lots of new ideas to take away.
Many thanks; this course has helped enormously in providing me with ideas for bridging that enormous gap. There are many useful activities I will be able to use with my students (many of whom are still bridging that gap!) and share with my colleagues.
A very informative session with very good techniques – especially for promoting spontaneous speaking skills.
I saw Martine 20 years ago when I was an NQT and she is still brilliant! A very useful course. I’ve managed to gain a lot of new ideas for all key stages.
Martine speaks brilliantly and patiently. Useful, wholly relevant ideas to take to GCSE and KS3 as well as A-level which the course is aimed at.
Wonderful presenter and an extremely well-structured course with useful content. One of the best I have been on.

Cost: £165 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £199 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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