Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our second lesson, the student continued to cover conversational skills, including how to ask questions - a topic that she is also learning in her classes. Again, we discussed what she had done earlier that afternoon with a particular focus on her project in her art class. We also covered question sentences using Est-ce que and question works (the difference between Quoi and Que and words like Qui, Quel/le/les). We spent some time discussing prepositions and objects of prepositions as well as gender agreement with Quel. Finally, we discussed her homework on forming sentences with question words."
"The concepts we covered included: numbers, how to read prices, telling the time, negations, and the conjugation of the irregular verbs etre, aller, and avoir. The student was enthusiastic about learning and improving upon the French language. Initially, I had her read and write numbers, prices, and times aloud to incorporate verbal and reading development. I then quizzed her on the material, asking her to recall how one would say something we had covered in our session. I encouraged her to practice things aloud as much as possible, as the more sensory detail she can incorporate into her learning, the more likely she will retain the material in her memory. I left her with a few small assignments: to read and repeat aloud numbers 1-50 two times a day for the next week and numbers 51-100 four times a day (as they are a little more complicated); to write and read aloud a time chart to familiarize herself with the 24-hour clock and the French time system; and to conjugate the verbs avoir, aller, and etre multiple times a day. The student was able to recall the verbal order of the 70's and 90's by the end of our session, which she was unsure about at the beginning of our session. She was also able to understand the "sandwich" negation pattern after I explained it to her. She seems to learn quickly and is enthusiastic about improving."
"The boys were well prepared. Each had completed a three-page homework assignment covering material to be given in the form of a test. Once I checked each student's homework, I created a practice test and worked with the boys together on the answers. I was impressed by each boy's preparation. It was clear the teacher's homework assignment had paid off. The boys and I spent our final session time speaking phrases and sentences in French using the material covered in the homework. It was clear from Thursday night's session that the boys and I will be able to move at the speed of the course's syllabus, as well as slightly ahead in future weeks. Their excellent preparation Thursday night permitted additional time to work on pronunciation."
"The student and I prepared her for her test on Tuesday by studying question words, etre, and avoir."
"The student did an absolutely stunning job tonight. He handled the relative pronoun with ease, and he demonstrated a strong command of vocabulary. I feel he has a strong grasp of the relative pronoun, a key piece of French grammar. Great job tonight."
"We worked on reading comprehension. On this part of the exam, try to read the questions and answer before you tackle the paragraph. Eliminate the answers that do not make sense at all and take a guess if you have to. You might be confronted to time period and language that you are not familiar with. Just focus on the general meaning of the paragraph you are asked to read. Do not spend time worrying about words you do not understand. The general idea presented in the text should guide you as to what the correct answers are. I wish you the best!"