Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the next lesson in the student's class on passe compose with etre and superlative adverbs. Superlative adverbs were a piece of cake for her. It took very little explanation, and she caught right on. Passe compose with etre is more of a challenge. The gender/number agreement is hard for her, but it was getting easier by the end of the lesson. The flashcards are helping immensely. She pretty much has all of them memorized now, including the two we added today. She needs to work on the conjugation some more, but she does know what they mean now. I am in the process of carefully selecting some worksheets for her to work on to supplement our sessions, and I will try to send those out tomorrow."
"For our first session, we focused on conjugation, specifically the past tense. We went over the differences between the imperfect vs le passe compose and used custom examples for the student to practice. He was very attentive and asked questions to better understand the main differences between both. We worked with a textbook the student provided, which had some good examples and exercises. We re-adapted those examples with a context that was specific to the student."
"The student and I worked one on one. He and I covered a brief assignment found in his textbook "D'accord." We spent the remaining time taking dictation from a film clip from the end of the French movie "Le Pont des Arts.""
"The student worked through a few homework exercises that covered present and past tense usage of the verb "voir" as well as responding to some basic questions in French. He did well, though he sometimes struggled to differentiate the present and past tense forms of certain verbs as well as to remember the correct combination of present indicative form (avoir or etre) and the past participle used to form the passe compose. We continued to work on the passe compose by using activities online and by practicing writing out some conjugations. I also had him take a break to do a listening activity - trying to decipher a few words/phrases in a French commercial. He was again very receptive and quick to pick up on things, but he may need additional practice in memorizing/using verb forms in the present and past tenses. I didn't leave any extra materials for him to work on this week but plan to come next week with supplemental practice worksheets."
"Since we last met, the student had taken a test in her French class on topics we spent the two previous sessions reviewing. I was very pleased to see that she made an 86 on her exam, which raised her overall average from a D to a C. Provided that she continues to improve at this pace, she can quickly raise her grade to one that's above average. Together, we reviewed the errors she had made on the test and I was again pleased that she was able to self correct most of them. She spent some time completing her homework assignment for the night, which focused on a new unit of vocabulary. Finally, I taught a small grammar lesson on reflexive verbs which is a new concept with which she is struggling. We practiced forming sentences and then negating them as well. With continued practice, I'm sure she will do well with this concept."
"We reviewed some tests that the student had taken so that she could submit corrections. She was a little uncertain about the future tense that had just been introduced, and once she understood the concept and mechanics of it, she decided that she would make some flashcards to work on remembering the different conjugations. She wanted to work on listening comprehension as well, so I pointed her to some videos that I thought would be both helpful and fun for her to watch (like old episodes of Friends dubbed in French, which have the advantage that she already knows the story and events and this made it easier for her to pick words out of the conversation), and we watched a few minutes while identifying words and phrases from the conversation. I also loaned her a copy of "Asterix et Cleopatre" as she had asked for some easier reading materials."