Teacher Subject Specialism Training: French

The Trinity Teaching School Alliance is pleased to confirm that we have secured Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) funding to support MFL teachers to enhance their French teaching and be equipped to meet the demands of the new GCSE specification.

With both a linguistic and pedagogical focus, the course supports MFL teachers who wish to enhance their French. Schools looking to increase capacity in their MFL departments by equipping staff to teach French may also be interested in applying for a fully funded place.

The course, which takes place over 3 days, aims to equip participants with the linguistic skills and knowledge to teach French. It has a strong focus on grammar given the rigorous demands of the new GCSE specification.

  What will I study?

In light of the new challenges for MFL teachers, this course also covers language-specific pedagogy in order to develop and strengthen participants’ repertoire of language teaching techniques. The content includes:

  • Teaching through verbs.
  • Extending written and spoken answers beyond the minimum.
  • Teaching students how to form questions and utilise them in the classroom.
  • Encouraging spontaneous speaking.

The course is interactive and fast-paced and includes home learning to consolidate the grammatical concepts covered in sessions. Attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to teach French.



Classroom language, phonics, the alphabet, greetings, definite article.

Numbers, age, likes and dislikes, hobbies, avoir and être, aimer.

Family, possessive adjectives, questions, adjectival agreement.

Opinions on school, er verbs, comparatives, superlatives.


Using target language, stretching the more able.

Teaching through verbs/using a grammar focus from the start.

Extending written and spoken answers, writing without a frame.

How to form questions and utilise them in the classroom


Meal times in the French world, using faire, continuation manger.

Home, prepositions, recap of present tense verb


Teaching a language through cultural awareness.

Teaching lexical items with stretch for the more able.


Describing areas, modal verbs, using reflexives for locations.

Holidays, ir and re verbs, past tense + movement verbs, justifying reasons



Teaching the difference between reflexives and no reflexives.

Teaching with more than one tense.


Describing a holiday, imperfect and perfect

Describing future holidays, near future. Summary of learning.



Teaching with 3 past tenses – stretching for the more able.

Teaching the near future.

  Am I eligible for TSST at Trinity TSA?

You could be eligible for free Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST) with Trinity Teaching School Alliance if this list ls relevant to you…

  • Would like to learn to teach French, Spanish, Physics or Maths but do not currently do so.
  • Is or would like to teach Maths, Physics, or MFL, but did not do a degree in that subject.
  • If you’re a non-contracted supply teacher that’s returning to a permanent post
  • A teacher returning to the profession after an extended break
  • An MFL teacher looking to learn to teach another language
  • If you don’t have a QTS
  • Are an NQT teacher

Further information on eligibility for FREE TSST is available here

  I’m interested! What’s the next step?

We are currently arranging 2021 dates. If you’re interested, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you!