Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In preparation of his final, the student and I went through a list of about 11 irregular verbs and conjugated them in the present, past, and imperfect. He did very well with the present and past participles. He knows his imperfect ending very well, so we practiced on the different roots with these irregular verbs. After that, we practiced with le future proche and the recent past (venir de + infin.). He connected le future proche to English and translated the recent past literally so that they're easier to remember. We also practiced with double object pronouns and "y" and "en". He did a very good job translating the sentences appropriately. We went through the difference between "le" and "lui" as object pronouns, and we also reviewed the rules with "y" and "en" as direct object pronouns. We discussed the different translating options of indirect object pronouns. We talked about how the I.O.P can be translated as to/for (the person) if there is a verb of motion. If there's a verb that demonstrates state of being, then the options are to or for. Unlike the action sentences, the translating options can't be interchangeable."
"The student and I reviewed a number of irregular French verbs that will appear on his French II exam in two weeks. I helped him go through a practice test over the definitions of these verbs and their conjugations, which was posted by his French teacher on their class webpage. We also read cultural reading passages from his French text book, which his teacher assigned to the class for homework. I pronounced each sentence slowly and clearly, and then we worked together to translate the readings. At the end of the session we planned a tentative schedule for next week to prepare him for the oral component of the exam and the written portion of the exam in 2 weeks. His reading skills were exemplary."
"We finished going through is final review packet. So we did some more fill in the blank and translation exercises."