Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I am very pleased with the work that the student is doing in our lessons. He is really putting forth great effort and is making progress. He already has a good foundation, and I am helping him recall past learned material. We are also working on new topics that are coming up so that he has a jump on the work before it is presented in class. He is a real pleasure with whom to work."
"We covered pronoun usage and order of pronouns with one verb, two verbs and past tense. I also covered the partitive and quantities with the use of "de". Finally, we looked at uses of the subjunctive, esp. with expressions of doubt versus expressions of certainty."
"Today the student and I went over the conditional, future, and imperfect. We went through different examples to try and get a better feel for when to use each one, and I recommended trying to think about what it would be in English to get a feel for what it would be in French. They have testing going on now, so we only met for an hour."
"Two students had a story to read in French. I asked about their experience reading this kind of material, and they indicated that this was the first of its kind. I went over strategies for reading in a foreign language, then had them read it in chunks focusing on the main idea. We also went over relevant vocab and grammar as needed, but I emphasized that it will be impossible to understand every word. (They will have to focus on the big picture.)"
"She practiced forming several questions, then I answered them back in French. We then did a review of basic structures, such as definite and indefinite articles, how to say to/at a place for masculine, feminine, plural; forming the plural, masculine and feminine, er and ir verbs, forming inverted questions, and filling in a reading passage. I also gave her a list of irregular verbs. Next week we will do numbers, months/dates, and telling time."
"The student had written something so we started with that. He is doing a good job with this and seems to like writing in French. After that, we picked up where we left off and continued reviewing target verbs. For each verb, he writes the conjugation of five tenses on the board. Today we reviewed dire, pouvoir, vouloir, and manger."