My school is one of very few in the locality with A level languages provision, so we get quite a lot of students in Y12 who transfer from various other schools. Secure in the knowledge that they have an A or A* in French, (and of course this is a generalisation and not true of some of them,) they then proceed to demonstrate that they don't know how to manipulate verbs, string two sentences together or have any notion of tenses, reflexives, or anything really unless they have learnt it parrot-fashion. Pronouns? Adjectives? You've got to be kidding. Yet somehow they've come out of GCSE with the highest grades, 30% (and previously 25%) of which was for writing. Never mind though, at least they helped their last school to meet some targets.