Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student needed to prepare for a test on direct and indirect objects, placement of objects, and agreement with past participles. The French teacher explains all in French, but never translates into English. The student needed to have the concept explained to her in English and to be shown the function in English sentences, because this kind of instruction is not given enough attention in the English classes. We diagrammed sentences in English. Then I showed Claire the sentence in English and in French. We diagrammed both sentences using subject, verb, direct object, and indirect object plus helping verbs, infinitives, and past participles. The functions of the parts of speech were explained. Then she practiced replacing people and things with direct and indirect objects. It's important for the student to remember that "him and her" in English can be represented with different words in French depending upon how the word is used. Indirect objects have the words to or for in English most of the time. "Susan gave the book to Marie or to her. But Susan saw Marie or saw her." In the first sentence, to Marie or to her is the indirect object. In the second sentence, Marie or her is the direct object. The student told me that she understands it all much better now. The only concern I have is whether or not we had enough time to practice enough for long-term learning or retention to happen."
"Today we reviewed French phonetics and vowel combinations. We read aloud the book Le Petite Prince. As she would read out loud, I would correct her pronunciation and liaison help."
"The student remembered the vocabulary and sentence structure he learned during our first lesson. I introduced more vocabulary and question/answer practice in this lesson."