Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the two hours working on a French presentation he was to give in class the next day. His assignment was to research a street demonstration (festival, political rally, etc.) and report to the class about it for 2 minutes using some vocabulary words from the chapter. He chose carnival, and specifically the Carnaval de Paris. He did a great job of finding relevant sites. He also did a great job of understanding how to integrate the vocabulary words. He understands what the words mean and so was able to use them intelligently in sentences. I look forward to hearing from him how it went!"
"The student was very prepared and her homework was very good. I explained the "est-ce que" structure a little more in details so that she could understand better the difference between inversion questions and questions with "est-ce que." We also practiced questions using food vocabulary from last time and we worked a little more on the "prendre" and "boire" verbs. Finally we read a text about meals in France. I checked her comprehension by asking her questions about the text. She could answer them with confidence so I decided to make the activity more challenging: I asked her to compare meal related traditions in France, the US and Mexico. Today I felt like she had gained self-confidence. She was able to use older grammar and vocabulary, and to integrate them in our session. Her accent is getting better as well. Next time we will work on prepositions + countries and on possessive adjectives because she needed those today but had difficulties using them since we haven't covered that yet."
"As with the student's previous lesson, I am building activities around the vocabulary in his school notebook. Our goal is to strengthen his use of the vocabulary and expressions and develop a habit of responding in complete sentences. He did a great job with this lesson. With prompting, he was able to put together some complex sentences. As he is a very energetic five year-old, I try to structure his lessons around games. For this lesson, I asked him 15 questions while we tossed a teddy bear back and forth. We counted the tosses in French. I constantly encourage him to respond in complete sentences and review/recycle the questions throughout our time together. We also played a vocabulary review game using dice I created from large children's' blocks. Overall, he did a great job with the lesson. His mother wrote down some of the structures we practiced so that they could continue to work on them throughout the coming week."