March 2024 Languages Update | Pearson qualifications

March 2024 Languages Update

Fri Mar 01 11:17:00 UTC 2024

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to your March 2024 Pearson Edexcel Languages qualifications update.

If you had one I hope your February half term break was enjoyable. In this update I am pleased to be able to share with you various support documents and resources related to both the current and new GCSE specifications. I am also including information related to the speaking exams as these are coming up soon for most of our qualifications.

As always, please do get in contact if there is anything I can support you with in relation to our languages qualifications.

Best wishes

Rebecca Waker

Subject Advisor for Languages

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New resources for GCSE (2024) Spanish and German

We are now pleased to be able to share with you the Spanish and German versions of our vocabulary and grammar guide. These guides contain everything you need to know about the vocabulary and grammar lists for the Pearson GCSE (2024) qualifications. They are specific to each language as some aspects are different.

Spanish guide

German guide

If you haven’t seen it already, our French version has been available since October:

French guide

Published Resources for GCSE (2024) French, Spanish and German

You are now able to pre-order our GCSE (2024) French, Spanish and German textbooks.

Read more about our new resources

In addition, full schemes of work for these qualifications are now available.




GCSE (2016) Support

Recently I have completed a set of support videos for our current GCSE qualifications. The speaking videos are based on the issues observed by our assessment team and your most frequently asked questions. These are a handy reminder for any teacher, but particularly important for external adults conducting speaking exams who don’t usually teach the specification.

Training for current and new qualifications

We still have face to face and online dates for our Getting Ready to Teach training for the GCSE French, German and Spanish 2024.

These are all free of charge.

Delegates will:

- develop understanding of the specification content and requirements (e.g. thematic contexts, vocabulary and grammar)
- deep dive into the new elements of the qualification and better understand their mark schemes
- find out more about the support available
- have the opportunity to discuss best practice and share ideas with other teachers.

Acting on feedback you have given us during our Getting Ready to Teach events we have arranged a new phonics training session.

In this session we will explore a range of teaching and learning strategies that can be used for both introducing and recycling phonics knowledge in the Modern Languages classroom from KS3. We will explore common challenges of the new Read Aloud and Dictation tasks and help you develop students’ phonic abilities in these areas.

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In January we ran a new event related to the new GCSE writing paper. We are now running this session again in March.

In this event, we will focus on exploring key features of the question paper and mark criteria in the new Pearson Edexcel (2024) Paper 4, Writing, for French, German and Spanish, with a particular focus on:

• comparing the structure of the paper with the existing AQA structure, to support the centres who are switching to our qualification
• understanding application of the best fit mark criteria for writing tasks
• understanding the Pearson Edexcel approach for marking the translations
• considering teaching and learning approaches to best prepare your students for the examination.

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Speaking exam support

Extra time in speaking exams

A reminder that for speaking exams any extra time is applied to preparation time. If you believe you have a candidate who should be entitled to extra time during the recording you should email us on

If you have not had this approval our examiners will stop marking at the usual cut off time. 

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Pictures for International GCSE

A reminder that pictures for the International GCSE languages speaking exams should be photographs. Not drawings, AI generated images or any other type of illustration. Guidance can be found in our Administrative Support Guide on page 10.


We have arranged a range of training for the speaking exams. You can attend our regular speaking exam conduct training or one of my drop in sessions. My sessions will be short, 30 minute sessions with some top tips followed by time for your questions. 

We'll also be sharing the updated versions of our Administrative Support Guide and London Centre Orals documents shortly.

GCSE Drop in sessions

14th March

18th March


GCSE exam conduct training

All languages 7th December

All languages 14th December

German 28th February

Spanish 5th March

French 6th March


A Level Drop in sessions

19th March


A level exam conduct training

28th February

Association for Language Learning - Language World 2024

National Consortium for Languages Education (NCLE)

German Expert Mentors (GEMS)

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