Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had read and written French everyday since we had last seen each other. I asked him to discuss his week in French and then proceeded to ask him questions on the specifics. He still had a bit of trouble finding a way to express his ideas without slipping English words into the conversation, but that is something that will definitely improve with practice. We followed by completing a worksheet on reading comprehension on which he did really well. We read a couple of articles from Le monde before the end of our session."
"We set up a study plan, practiced conversation, and practiced ordering from a restaurant menu. We also discussed useful things to know about life in Paris."
"We met for one hour and I prepped for half an hour. We went over the cultural information in-depth, although we didn't quite make it through all of them. We will finish the last one after the test. I also asked the student to write up a listing for an apartment that she would like to rent, which we will go over next time."
"The student and I read her story for the week. She read out loud and I helped translate. We discussed some themes as well as new vocabulary. She did a great job understanding, even with the advanced words."
"We worked on demonstrative pronouns; stem-changer verbs from the student's Ch. 5 vocab list. We discussed a trick to learn the "boot" verbs, and had her explain to me how to form them and why (as if I was another student in class)."
"This session we had conversations in French about the two previous weeks and about plans for the holidays."
"We went over the student's homework for this week, which included more on the passe compose and the imperfect past tenses, as well as the difference between savoir and connaitre. He does a very good job of choosing the right use for savoir and connaitre. He understands the principles behind the passe compose and imperfect uses pretty well. We went over a rubric to use with the past tenses: (1) decide whether to use passe compose or imperfect, (2) if passe compose, decide whether to use etre or avoir as the helping verb, and (3) if etre is used, make sure the past participle agrees in number and gender with the subject of the sentence. We also discussed verb charts; it's a good idea to review any conjugations of which he's unsure by practicing filling in verb charts."
"Prepared for a test later in the week, as well as worked on superlatives, subjunctives, and relative pronouns."
"We reviewed clothing names and how to talk about them (wearing them, sizes, commenting etc.) in different situations; then we played the spelling game."
"Reviewed introductions and polite expressions, as well as homework assignment. Revised and deepened knowledge of adjectives. Learned professions, using a mix of written and oral exercises. Practiced pronunciation. Assigned listening activities for homework."
"We covered the wide area of basic French, including grammar, conjugation and vocabulary, as well as an introduction to adjectives."
"The student wanted to dedicate today's session towards preparing an oral presentation to be given in class later in the week. She had to prepare a minute's worth of monologue on a certain topic relating to French culture. I gave her several ideas of things to write about that would fit within her time limit and work with her present knowledge of French. We wrote each sentence together in English, then I asked her to translate it. If she had any errors in her sentence, I pointed out where they were and asked her to analyze the problem area to make an educated guess about the nature of the error. Overall, her French was very good. Towards the end of session, we worked on improving her pronunciation and speed of presentation so that her information would be readily understandable to everyone in class."