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Subject update | 10 June 2024

June 2024 Languages Update

Dear colleagues,

I hope the summer term is going well for you and your students. The exam period is nearly over and of course you are planning ahead for the next academic year. This update includes various resources that you may need such as the speaking windows for next year, live and recorded training for the 2024 GCSEs in French, German and Spanish and some research you may be interested in.

As ever, you can contact me via the details at the bottom of this page and I’ll be happy to support with your questions related to our qualifications.

Best wishes,

Subject Advisor for Languages

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2025 Speaking Assessment Windows

Qualification Speaking window
(Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu)
9th April - 14th May 2025
A level
(Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish)
9th April - 14th May 2025
International A/AS levels
(French, German and Spanish)
This qualification is only available in international centres.
9th April - 14th May
International GCSE
(Chinese, French, German, Spanish, English as a Second Language 4ES2 (New specification))
24th March - 2nd June

International GCSE
(English as a Second Language 4ES1 (Old specification), Swahili)

The speaking test is optional for these qualifications.

24th March - 16th May 2025

GCSE French, German & Spanish 2024

We are still running free, full day, face-to-face training to support you with the new specifications. If you don't see an event in your region, please contact us using my details below and we'll endeavour to support you in the best way possible. As well as these events we have recorded versions of this training. The team behind our resources are also running some training to help you prepare for first teaching in September. We’ve brought this all together on one page so that you know where to turn to find our training easily.

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We recently published the findings of our research into the scheduling of the 2026 reading and listening exams for the 2024 GCSEs in French, German and Spanish. 

We can confirm that these exams will be scheduled in separate sessions.

Read our findings

We have now uploaded a set of read aloud tasks and a set of
dictations, per language, per tier.  We hope you find these useful for practicing with your students.

We are now pleased to be able to share our final paper guide, the speaking paper.

In our vision for these new GCSE (2024) French, German and Spanish
qualifications we committed to ‘transparency’ and providing ‘clear, concise and
straightforward’ assessments.

These paper guides are intended to complement the information provided in the
Specifications for GCSE French, German and Spanish, by giving teachers access
to the detailed instructions our paper writers receive when they are commissioned
to create the live assessments.

We know how much considered and consistent paper design matters to you and
your students, so we want you to see the thought and care we have taken with the
construction of our papers and the features you will be able to rely upon every
exam series.

We have now uploaded the speaking exam walk through video from our Getting Ready to Teach sessions. As usual, much more training and advice will come prior to first assessment. Please note this video only applies to GCSE French, German and Spanish exams from 2026. Speaking exams in other languages remain the same.

2024 New French, German and Spanish GCSE Speaking Assessment Support
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Help your students to revise independently and feel confident about the new MFL exams ahead from day one. Available as a Revision Guide, Revision Workbook or through a Pearson Revise Online subscription our new student-centred resources provide comprehensive coverage of the new specifications, using relatable and engaging content. They are fully aligned to the new 2024 specifications with online audio, video and revision tools to help practise vocabulary, speaking and listening.

Sign up now to be the first to hear about our new samples and pre-order your copies which are coming this June!

International GCSE English as a Second Language – Audio for the Sample Assessment Materials

A Level Chinese Paper 2

The simplified versions of the Chinese works presentations to support with paper 2 are now available. We have also edited the traditional character versions which were already available.

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