I'm in my second year of teaching and I've just inherited a year 11 German group from someone who left. Most of them are predicted Cs with a few expected to get Bs and a couple Ds. However, at the moment they are nowhere close. Their controlled assessment and past paper marks are Es, Fs, Gs with only a couple getting their predicted Cs. I'm currently teaching them a topic which we will do another assessment on and hopefully there will be time for a second one after that. I'm conscious that time is running out though and im under pressure from above to turn this situation around. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of intervention/teaching strategies that I could try? Most of the problem is caused by a lack of motivation (although they picked the subject!) and therefore getting them to do homework/ learn vocab is proving impossible (apparently science and english are more important). They just don't retain words/information so in writing and speaking, despite having been well prepared for a topic, they say and write completely random stuff which means the grammar is hopeless and the content not right. So far, i'm doing all the normal stuff in lessons, I'm using our FLA to work with them in ability groups, i've written a revision guide and im teaching at lunch times (but the ones i really need to see don't turn up!) but it just isn't working because of the motivation level. I'm trying to repeat key grammar points, vocab and structures as often as possible in lessons but I still have half a course to cover as well. Any ideas on how I can turn this around will be much appreciated!!???