Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the first half of the session looking through the student's class materials at her mother's request. Her parents asked that I try to get a sense of the level at which her French class is operating since she goes to a French immersion school. The second half of the session we used a short story to work on reading comprehension and pronunciation, as well as some vocabulary enrichment. We went over a good bit of work that she had done. She did not really struggle much with this session, despite the reading including some structures she had not learned yet. I left her with the short story to finish reading and encouraged her to use the vocabulary that she learned to help her retention."
"We reviewed and did a run through for her test tomorrow over clothes, re verbs, past tense verbs, etc."
"Met with the student and discussed her experience and comfort speaking and understanding French. We got to know each other a little bit and talked through my past experience, skills and strategy in teaching language and discussed her goal of being able to speak fluently or at least competently and comfortably on their trip to France this summer. She read for me a short passage from Les Trois Muskatieres. Her French pronunciation was excellent for an adult learning a new language and her willingness to be open with the vocabulary she knew and didn't know was so helpful. She worked to piece together the meaning of the passage she had written and we talked through what learning vocabulary might look like for her. She then took a short competency quiz I had written to assess her knowledge and skill in French grammar and common errors that the native English speaker makes. If we meet again we will go over the results of this quiz and consider how we can work together to improve her technical understanding and competency in French. We discussed that a strategy for learning for her would be to spend time reading out loud so that she felt more comfortable using the language, having me read out loud to her and then working on her understanding/ listening skills in the foreign language and finally spending time having conversations in French over specific/ controlled topics. I suggested she also do this on her own time since effective language learning means spending at least a little time on the language every day."
"The student is going on a trip to a French-speaking country, and he would like to know how to communicate his most important needs. During this first lesson, we went through the most basic things about French. For example: "Hi," "how are you?" "yes," "no," "I'm sorry," "please," "you're welcome," and so on. He is a great student, and the fact that he speaks Spanish really well and some Portuguese has helped him to understand French. I advised him to practice on his own the expressions that we learned."
"- The student generally knows French grammar and can answer questions using the correct structure. - I gave the student a 'Read, Write, Say' method for learning."
"During today's session, we went over more listening comprehension through song, as well as some cultural education on France and the origins of popular French music."
"We reviewed imperative form (grammar) and irregular verb conjugation. I suggested the 501 French verb book for reference. I gave the student practice during the session and reviewed homework. We had 10 minutes of natural conversation in target language at the end."
"We continued learning rooms of the house and household items/furniture using worksheets and oral activities."
"I helped the student translate a French news article into English. We discussed his goals going forward with our sessions and talked about what his expectations were for tutoring."
"Covered "imperatif," "adjectifs pronominaux," and finished explaining the technical aspects of the "imparfait.""
"We focused on both French and English this session. Our first half hour was an effort to start a poetry analysis in which he selected a poem, read it out loud, and took some basic notes. I then introduced the student to the concept of a card sort to help him better organize his thoughts when developing papers. He read his French oral presentation out loud a few times to develop pronunciation. The final half hour was spent with him doing a large portion of his French assignment for the next day."
"After reviewing food and drink vocabulary, which the student has retained impressively well, we looked at a menu from a restaurant in Paris. This activity provided relevant practice to how her experience will be when she visits Paris, and it helped gauge her ability to use context clues and similarities between French and English to figure out the unknown words. The menu exercise also demonstrated how the French culture differs in terms of cuisine. She is still struggling with "a" and "e" vowels in articles and noun endings, but she is consistently improving. After that, we began learning regular "-er" verbs and conjugations, along with question words and how to structure questions. For next week, she and her dad will compose a short conversation (in French) that would take place at a restaurant. This activity will provide me the opportunity to assess how well they are retaining the information and their ability to provide it in a specific context, particularly with sentence structures."