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TES A-level and GCSE resources reviewed

This is a shameless plug for the resources which Gianfranco Conti and I wrote some time ago for our TES shop. We uploaded some quite meaty units of work for Higher Tier GCSE and A-level French. The style is a bit of a combination of Conti-style vocab builders, narrow reading and translation with my style comprehension exercises on a range of themes all relevant to the GCSE and A-level specifications (all boards).

Each GCSE unit has at its core a set of narrow reading texts on a theme, accompanied by a detailed set of exercises scaffolded for difficulty and leading to some quite challenging translations. Don't be put off by the level of the translations. Once pupils have worked through the exercises, they have all the language they need to do them successfully. These make for great revision tools for use in class or at home. Each booklet has about eight pages of densely packed exercises with an answer key. Not for Foundation Tier though!

The A-level bundle of units is based on one lengthy text in each case. This is accompanied by a large range of exercises, once again leading to translations into French, graded at three levels from easier to harder. We covered a range of topics from the three examination boards, though with a stronger focus on the most popular board AQA. Even if any of the topics are not part of your course, they feature very transferable language and will help your classes build their skills.

You can buy each unit individually at £4 or, far better value, purchase the bundles at between £15 and £20. A LOT of time went into these and a whole bundle runs to around 80 pages of material, like a short text book! By the way, these are entirely separate from my resources on frenchteacher and are quite different in general style too.

I know it's frustrating that TES only allows a limited preview of resources, so you can't be sure what you are getting, but here are some brief reviews teachers left for us on the site about the A-level units:

"Great resources - lots of useful and valid activities. Set at a challenging level, which is exactly what I wanted."

"I was a bit reluctant to purchase but I'm glad I did as there are quite a few more pages than what you may think in the preview. I especially like the fact that the translations are meaty and suggested answers provided"

"Thank you for this. It's excellent."

"Very useful for revision and preparation for the translation part of the exam. Saved me a lot of time."


"Great! I have now used this bundle for a couple of years, well worth it!"

"Lots of useful activities - excellent as revision resources. Thank you!"

"Fantastic resource - brilliantly thought out, and closely related to AQA spec. Skills progress throughout document and increase in difficulty as students gain confidence. I used this as homework tasks to support work in lessons, and resulted in the students completing the final translations closed-book in timed conditions in class. Both students and I were v. impressed with the progress made! Will definitely purchase the other packs - excellent value for money."

"Good practice and increasingly challenging tasks. Great for dipping into, or independent study or revision."


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