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Teacher Subject Specialism Training

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.


Monday 2nd March 2020


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

Monday 16th March 2020


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.

Monday 27th April 2020


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.

Monday 11th May 2020


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.

I’m interested! What’s the next step?

We are currently arranging 2020 dates. If you’re interested, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Spanish sessions will run in Summer term


We’re delighted to offer fully funded Teacher Subject Specialist training for MFL teachers who want to improve their skills in teaching Spanish.

Spanish is in high demand by students and schools keen to improve their MFL capability, and this programme is the perfect way to upskill – free of charge!

What will I study?

Our programme is delivered in a series of twilight sessions that will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to teach Spanish up to KS3.

Given the prevailing challenges for MFL teachers, we’ve designed our programme to include language-specific pedagogy that will expand and strengthen your portfolio of language teaching techniques. This intensive and interactive programme (which also requires time spent learning at home) incorporates:

  • a strong grammar focus to meet the new GCSE specifications
  • teaching through verbs
  • empowering students to extend their written and spoken answers
  • teaching students how to form and use questions in the classroom
  • building competence and confidence in spontaneous conversation.

I’m interested! What’s the next step?

We are currently arranging 2020 dates. If you’re interested, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you!