Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She started with her homework. She had some workbook problems using vocabulary from her textbook about activities tourists might do on vacation. After her homework, we read an easy-reader book. After reading through it once, I had her go back and translate what each page meant. Then I asked her comprehension question in French and had her respond in French. For the last 5-10 minutes we did a worksheet reviewing adjective agreement for masculine/feminine nouns."
"Student is doing very well! I saw a large improvement in his understanding of the passe compose and when to use avoir or etre in the conjugation. He can still get tripped up when moving back and forth between the two, but he has a much more solid foundation and has great reasoning for figuring out which one to use on a verb he doesn't know. We started working on the imparfait and how it differs from passe compose. We did a review of how to conjugate verbs for the imparfait and will continue doing that, making sure to go over the rules for -er, -ir, and -re verbs. We'll also work more on telling stories and analyzing stories for when to use each tense. His pronunciation is also coming along! We are still working on the song Sacre Charlemagne, and today there were several significants improvements, especially on his pronunciation of the French "r.""
"The covered concepts included review of passe compose and famous expressions with avoir, bout, and coup. Also we engaged in conversation where I had the student tell me in French about her week, what she did with her friends and also I had her describe in French a photo of Eli Manning in an interview. We reviewed and went over new vocabulary as well. She is an excellent student with a lot of motivation and a great accent. She reads and speaks French well."
"We practiced more for the student's test. He is doing very well with answering multiple choice questions. Listening and conversation are still more of a struggle, but he is able to understand most of what he hears in the listening exercises, and we had some entertaining conversations together."
"We worked on the subjunctive the whole time. By the end of the session the student could remember the different conjugation of some irregular verbs."
"We prepared for her upcoming test on passe compose and imparfait. We practiced which tense to use when, as well as how to construct the passe compose and how to conjugate both forms. She has a good grasp on the grammar and was planning to work on the memorization aspects on her own time. We spent the majority of the time practicing for dictation; I would read a passage aloud several times and we would assemble an understanding of the content. We established that this is where we need to spend the most time going forward."
"The student is working with me on both Algebra and French. First we reviewed questions from the algebra homework her class had gone over that day, which included drawing graphs of functions from rules of the function instead of from equation. We then moved into French where we practiced communicating with the vocabulary of party planning, gift advice, etc. After that we moved on to integrating past tense grammar in 2 conversational tasks: asking for help with a party preparation and responding that one has already done the task, as well as coming up with ways that party preparations went wrong (e.g. "I decorated the living room, but the banner fell")."
"We reviewed the conjugation of the verbs of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd group. We learned the subjunctive then used it in sentences."
"The students' parents had sent me some materials from their French class before meeting and provided more for the session. First I got to know the students and asked about their class (how it works, what assignments they have, what they feel is challenging, etc.) In order to assess their level, I had them do activities on the passe compose with reflexive verbs (an area they recently covered). They did well, and we discussed the mistakes they made (especially confusion over when to use etre and avoir). After that, we worked on pronouns, which is the area they are working on right now. The pronoun they have the most trouble with is "en" (which does not exist in English), so I had them work through two activities on this that I provided. After this, they identified which sentences in their homework would require "en," and they began working on them. For next time, it is likely we will work on the passe compose vs. the imparfait (also a challenge for English speakers)."
"The student and I studied for his French grammar test on irregular verb conjugations. We also worked on vocabulary memorization."
"Student and I worked on her homework, which involved choosing the appropriate verb tense and conjugating the verbs in fill-in-the-blank sentences. Her grasp of conjugation is very good, so she just needed some help in understanding how to use each tense. When I asked her to translate the sentences and relate them to English constructions, and when given a model for certain constructions, she was able to accomplish most of the assignment with minimal help. She said she felt much better about using verbs in various tenses when we were done."
"We reviewed conjugations of verbs ending in er, Such as: glisser, jetter. And conjugation of verbs ending with re, such as detruire. We practiced present, passe compose and the imparfait."