Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The boys are completing an assignment in the form of a presentation, due Friday. The boys were each required to choose a famous French fashion designer. I worked with them on translating each presentation into French using the vocabulary each has studied on the subject of articles of clothing. I will return the evening before the presentations. I will listen to them give their presentations in French in the form of a dress rehearsal."
"We worked hard on all of the content of the textbook's chapter 1. Greetings and responses, introductions, simple questions and answers; the numbers 1-30; the alphabet and spelling; the subject pronouns; the verb avoir (6 forms, present tense) and using it; singulars and plurals (un/une > des); chapter 1 vocabulary; and some general work with French intonation. The student responded well, and I think he solidified a number of items."
"We went over the student's French homework and prepared for her quiz on Friday, which would cover some vocabulary and grammar. Classroom objects and classroom subjects were a big focus. Vocabulary was the big focus, as there were some other vocab words that mostly had descriptive adjectives for people. The goal seems to be to be able to make a complete sentence using everything learned so far with all the vocabulary and grammar. There were several listening exercises we went through. The student has a very good ear and could listen and speak well. She has no difficulties distinguishing between masculine and feminine, but she is still struggling with spelling, which is why we are concentrating on flashcards and writing words down in complete sentences so she can focus on spelling."
"This was my first meeting with the student. We began our session with a conversation in French to gauge her level. In French, we began to discuss her interests, her background in French, and what she had done earlier in the afternoon. We then discussed the vocabulary that she is learning in class on the subject of food and restaurants. We went over the menu that she created as an assignment and had a mock conversation that might take place in a restaurant in which we greeted each other, ordered food, and asked how much our meals cost."
"The student and I had an excellent session this evening. We reviewed his persuasive essay, then we continued our work with impersonal expressions, followed by the indicative and by the subjunctive. We ended the session with a quick discussion of the conditional. Great job tonight!"
"We continued working on image sequences for the speaking part of the AP exam. You can drill yourself by going over the same stories we covered during our sessions and or you can start new ones and present them to me next week. To continue working on pronunciation listen to the songs at the end of each chapter of the textbook and look up the lyrics to make sure you understood them."