Oh come on, get over yourselves. Key Stage 3 is nothing - it's VERY easy! And I am assuming by the comment of lower ability GCSE, that they will not be reaching more than E/Ds at the most in their exam anyway - and that is not underestimating the kids! In addition to this, I believe that the person who originally posted woould appreciate some support or guidance of how to improve their weaker language - not get an ear bashing. I am also certain that the person's department are fully confident that he/she is capable in performing what is expected of them... which is evidenced here by asking for advice!!!!!! It outrages me at the arrogance of some people, no wonder the kids don't want to learn languages. And 'It will only get worse with the Ebacc'... make your mind up! Do you want languages compulsory or do you want dribs and drabs and handfuls doing it? Can't do right for doing wrong... You're supposed to be pleased that yet another MFL teacher has got a job and is keen and eager to show how much fun MFL can be! As for advising said person, I would recommend checking out local colleges to see if they run evening courses to boost your confidence, failing that OU do run courses... alternatively - get yourself some coursebooks, read novels, watch films in the FL and go on holiday there as often as you can - ask a colleague to help you or to mark essays etc and then sit the AS yourself when you're ready in school. I taught a group of GCSE French at Key Stage 4 and they got themselves As and Bs. At 16, I managed a GCSE B grade and then my A Level was a disaster... But after a booster course, self teaching and support from my colleagues I am up to scratch. I would never claim that my French is as good as those who have degrees etc... but I know that the French I teach is accurate and correct - and I ALWAYS double check any doubts with colleagues.