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Achieving Spontaneous Speaking and Writing in the New Edexcel GCSE German Specification

Karine Harrington, Vanessa Salter

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Why attend?

Join experienced educators, authors and examiners, Vanessa and Karine, to consider the main challenges of the new Edexcel GCSE German course, including how to ensure that students develop the necessary competencies to feel confident with those all-important productive skills.
  • Receive practical strategies for implementing the new specification
  • Gain a solid understanding of the level and scope of writing and speaking involved
  • Benefit from interaction with other German teachers and work collaboratively on common challenges


9.45am Registration and coffee
10.05am Taking stock of where we are now
  • What the DfE and specification say
  • Key issues to be aware of and top tips for early on in the course
11.00am Morning coffee
11.15am Key challenges: writing skills
  • Planning and processes
  • Building on KS3 and elements of assessment
  • An active approach to writing and strategies for building skills
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Key challenges: speaking skills
  • Spontaneous production and what that entails
  • Structure and nature of assessments
  • Getting students to ask questions and recovery strategies
  • Building on KS3
2.45pm Afternoon tea
3.00pm Important elements of the new GCSE
  • Literary texts
  • Sharing best practice around translation
    • Translation for assessment and as a teaching tool
    • Using electronic resources well and getting students to do so too!
  • Developing linguistic skills
  • "What do I do when I’m stuck?” strategies
3.45pm Review and reflect
4.00pm Course ends


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