Nailing it! Assessing VCE French Units 1 & 3

Posted 31 Mar '22

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Nailing it! Assessing VCE French Units 1 & 3

Our presenters, Nathalie Marchand and Lucie Dickens welcomed 42 attendees to our PL Nailing it on Units 1 and 3 French on Friday 17 February at the Catholic Leadership Centre.

Thank you to all for the professional collaboration and rich discussion around how to design units of work to meet the expected outcomes, how to design SACs and for sharing ideas.

Stay tuned for details on a similar PL on unit 2 and 4 mid year !

Learning intentions

  • To understand how to assess Units 1 and 3
  • To understand the nature of the Outcomes
  • To understand how to design appropriate assessment tasks for each Outcome
  • To understand the skills students must demonstrate in the Outcomes
  • To understand how to mark each Outcome
  • To design appropriate assessment tasks for each Outcome
  • To create appropriate rubrics to assess Unit 1 assessment tasks
  • To understand and use the performance descriptors to assess Unit 3 assessment tasks

Workshop Program

During the workshops you will have a chance to design your own outcomes so please come with laptops and your curriculum / themes and subtopics. 

9.00am Registration

9.20am Official welcome

9.30am Introduction 

  • Unit 1 Outcome 1
  • Unit 1 Outcome 2
  • Unit 1 Outcome 3

10.45am Morning tea break

11.00am Workshop 

12.00pm Lunch


  • Unit 3 Outcome 1
  • Unit 3 Outcome 2
  • Unit 3 Outcome 3

2.00pm Afternoon tea break

2.15pm Workshop 

3.30pm PL concludes

Presenter bios

Lucie Dickens has over 20 years teaching French to Junior and Secondary students. Since 2012, Lucie has been teaching French at Kilvington Grammar School. In her roles as Academic Dean of Languages and Director of the Global Connections Program, her passion is to support and promote the teaching of languages. This is also reflected in her involvement with the AFTV and her role as vice-president. Lucie has many years of experience as a VCAA assessor for the written and oral examinations.

Nathalie Marchand is a passionate, multilingual and accomplished Language educator and certified Professional translator. Nathalie has been involved in language education at primary and secondary levels for over 22 years. With various Language and educational degrees, she has extensive experience teaching GCSE and A level French in the UK, and the MYP, PYP, IB and VCE French courses in two independent Victorian schools since 2007. Through her roles as head of department, Subject Matter Expert (Language) at Pearson Australia and examiner for both the VCE and the IB, she has acquired an extensive knowledge and experience in developing and delivering engaging teaching strategies and curricula. Her passion for French has also led Nathalie to become an author on teaching and learning material for the Quoi de Neuf? Series (Pearson) and deliver Professional Learning Webinar and workshops for ISV and the AFTV.


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