Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we began by looking over the student's French textbook from school to gain familiarity with the text. The student then completed an "Allons-y" activity to begin: he accurately explained the differences between "tu" and "vous," and was able to give clear examples of an appropriate situation for each pronoun. We continued reviewing by using flashcards to quiz the previous week's vocabulary (classroom vocabulary), and the student demonstrated mastery. He was encouraged to continue practicing and solidifying these concepts, using flashcards for practice. We introduced new material by reading and repeating the names of each number 1-20 and each letter of the alphabet. The student practiced by writing his phone number in French and identifying numbers and letters presented to him. Finally, we worked on grammar by reviewing the conjugation concept we had begun to study and completing guided notes on how to conjugate "etre" and regular "-er" verbs. The student will practice these concepts by completing pages from his French grammar book."
"Today we started by going over the pronunciation of the Chapter 4 dialogue, which he had worked on a lot this week. The most challenging parts were the liaisons between longer words, such as in the expressions "endroits interessants" and "tres intelligent." Another challenging expression to pronounce was "peut-etre." We reviewed exercises 7 and 8, which he had completed for homework. We reviewed how to make negatives in French using "ne" and "pas" around the conjugated verb. We also learned the verb "avoir" in the present tense, which was already familiar to him. We learned the conjugations of Group One or "ER" verbs, and this week he will practice conjugating several "ER" verbs, such as aimer, visiter, etudier, and jouer. Finally, we moved on to Chapter 5 and started reviewing some common French prepositions. He will finish making a chart of the prepositions, their meanings, and an example of their usage this week. He will also read and practice pronouncing the Chapter 5 dialogue."
"The student's mom asked that we do a 2-hour session rather than our usual 1.5 hours so I could help both the student and her brother prepare for year-end exams in the subjects that most challenged them, and I was happy to agree. We began the session by working on French for her upcoming exam with particular emphasis on how to choose between the past tense and the imperfect tense of verbs in past-tense narration and on the correct formation of both regular and irregular verbs in the appropriate tense. She seemed to struggle most with finding the correct stem for irregular verbs in the imperfect tense and with paying enough attention to the details of past-tense writing to catch when the grammatical subject shifts, e.g. from "I" to "my mother" or from "my parents" to "we". Since she already has a Study Guide packet of review exercises to complete, I didn't assign her any extra work beyond that. For the last half-hour to forty minutes of the session, I worked with the student's brother on math. Specifically, we reviewed basic geometry vocabulary and concepts such as types of angles and triangles, relationships between angles in a set of parallel lines intersected by a transverse, and line and angle naming conventions."