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9-1 KS4 GCSE Languages Tracker
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9-1 KS4 GCSE Languages Tracker

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Use this spreadsheet to work out grade boundaries for the AQA GCSE in any of the modern foreign languages. Select the data page and enter the grade boundaries of your choice (possibly from last year’s examination series), then use the spreadsheet to work out how your students are progressing. No one can know the boundaries for sure as they will vary from year to year depending on the ability profile of the national cohort and the perceived level of difficulty of the exam papers, but at least this will give an idea as to how individuals are doing in each of the skills. I’m not an expert at creating spreadsheets, so a big thank you goes to our school data manager for putting my ideas into a usable format.
Example GCSE style assessment and introduction to marking writing for new GCSE
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Example GCSE style assessment and introduction to marking writing for new GCSE

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KS3 or KS4 French writing assessment on holidays in the style of the crossover GCSE exam question for the new AQA specification. Also includes marked examples and advice to teachers on marking. I have used target language in the task that closely mirrors the language used by AQA in the specimen paper. As a former Team Leader for AQA GCSE writing, I believe that my resources will give teachers and pupils additional guidance in these early days of the new GCSE.
Improving Listening and Reading (GCSE German)
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Improving Listening and Reading (GCSE German)

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This resource aims to develop reading and listening skills in pupils. The presentation includes a number of activities to get pupils thinking about the meanings of words; the 38 games cover three different aspects of vocabulary that commonly challenge pupils in reading and listening exams: negatives, geographical words and words within words. Important workaround: As browsers no longer support flash files (.swf), you will need to install a swf file player to be able to play the games. WikiHow explains how to do this at https://www.wikihow.com/Open-SWF-Files
Using a Venn Diagram to Improve Recognition of Different Tenses in French (Music Topic).
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Using a Venn Diagram to Improve Recognition of Different Tenses in French (Music Topic).

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Understanding and using a range of tenses is a key element of a GCSE in languages. This activity is designed to improve recognition of different tenses and also confidence handling several different tenses at once. Challenge groups or pairs to race each other to correctly sort the French sentences about music using a Venn diagram. Ask pupils to make a very large copy of the Venn diagram on slide 2 of the PowerPoint presentation. This would ideally be A3 or bigger. They should cut out the sentences about music and then place them on the right section of the diagram depending on the tenses they can see within each of the short texts. To save learning time, you could prepare a Venn diagram and pack of sentences for each group in advance of the lesson. The teacher could circulate during this activity asking individuals questions about their choices e.g. how do you know that this text has both present and past tense verb forms? Explain why you have placed that text in that part of the Venn diagram. Pupils could make an individual copy of their group’s solution using the ‘answers’ sheet attached. Use slide 3 of the presentation to discuss/share answers.
Models for Designing Differentiated Resources for Language Classes
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Models for Designing Differentiated Resources for Language Classes

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This word document is a collection of ways in which differentiation can be used with language classes. You will find the following examples, which you could adapt/tweak to use with different age and ability groups across KS3-4: • Three levels of writing frames to support a Y7 French class in writing a paragraph about school. • Three different styles of progress grids/arrows to guide pupils in making progress (these have been used with KS3 and KS4 classes in French and German). • Various examples of differentiated translation and grammar activities. • Examples of supporting most able GCSE pupils in producing complex language. • A Personalised Learning Checklist suitable for the current (outgoing) GCSE to help most able pupils to attain A/A*.