January 2023 Languages update | Pearson qualifications

January 2023 Languages update

10 January 2023

Hello and happy New Year to you all,

This round-up includes links to training, an update on the Ofqual consultation on GCSE MFL vocabulary and a goodbye from me as I hand over to our new Languages Subject Advisor.

Best wishes,


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Catch up on our 2024 GCSE webinar event

If you were not able to attend the ‘More than words’ webinar outlining our new 2024 GCSE in December, please watch the recorded event.

Watch the recorded event

Ofqual consultation decisions

Ofqual has now confirmed their decision to extend vocabulary adaptations to GCSE Modern Foreign Language exam papers, with effect from May/June 2023 onwards.Please read my subject update to see how this will apply across our different GCSE language qualifications.

Read my subject update

This is in addition to the retention of Paper 4 'optionality' amendments highlighted in last month’s email update.

Paper 4 'optionality' amendments

Online training

Do take a look at the many MFL training events coming up on our Professional Development Academy this term, including free sessions on conducting GCSE and A level speaking exams.

MFL training events


French slogan competition

Durham University are running a French slogan competition that is open to UK learners at KS4-5 with a closing date of 6 March 2023.

French slogan competition


Goodbye - and welcome to Rebecca Waker

It’s been a pleasure supporting you as Languages Subject Advisor and I’ve now moved to a new role within the MFL publishing team at Pearson. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Rebecca Waker, who will be your new Subject Advisor and will introduce herself to you all soon.


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