Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session we reviewed a lot of different things. We started off the session by just conversing in French and getting to know each other a little better. Then I gave the student a French dictation from a news article on Le Monde to get an idea about his writing level. We spent the rest of the session going over the present indicatif and how/ when to use etre in the passe compose. We also talked a little bit about strategies and patterns that can be useful for learning languages. He was receptive and focused throughout the session. He is a very smart student. I'm sure we can learn a lot together in the next few weeks."
"In this session, we continued to review for the state assessment test and for a quiz in the same style of exercise as the state test she will have next week. I made her listen to some reading and I had her answer questions. After each text, we reviewed all the vocabulary of the text topic. We finished the session with a dictation exercise to improve her listening and writing skills."
"We worked through the remaining exercises from SCT 3 and I assigned new ones from SCT 4. The student will complete those exercises tomorrow, and we will go over them tomorrow night to address any question/mistakes."
"Today, the student and I reviewed the material from her current French unit, over which she will be tested in the coming week. She showed good memory and understanding of the material, although she continues to struggle some with pronunciation. I chose to review interrogatives and question structures in today's session, including all the common question words (who/what/where/when/why/how/how much) and the different ways of constructing questions in French. I had the student translate a few questions from English to French, and then I had her come up with questions that could be answered by phrases I had written. This was an interesting activity that required some creativity and critical thinking, and she did a great job with it. She is a quick learner, but often needs to be reminded of basic words and concepts; I believe this is mostly due to pressure, since when she's not put on the spot her memory is much better. We will continue to work on this next session."
"We reviewed the student's most recent test, which was heavy on the vocab and also had some questions about verb conjugation. We made flashcards for each vocab word and played games to review them. Once we had the flashcards down, we practiced putting the words into sentences and coming up with definitions in French. She even came up with definitions in French herself and then challenged me to guess the vocab word. We also practiced more sample vocab conjugation charts. It will be a good thing to continue including in each session until the final exam."
"We studied pronominal verbs, placement of BAGS adjectives, and certain rules about 1st-group verbs. The struggle struggles most with practice. He is very intelligent and has what it takes to bridge the gap in his understanding of the language. He had a great attitude toward the material. I included strategies such as questioning the main verb in the sentence to figure out its nature and assigned listening practice to the student five days a week. The student is to finish his reviews thoroughly and bring up questions for next session. The student's face lit up when he had an "aha!" moment about the French pronominal verbs."