Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started the lesson with introductions and a little bit of personal background. We then went over a comprehensive lesson involving pronouns and we will come back to that next time, along with pronunciation. I suggest that the student complete the first ten questions of the document I sent in an email using what we learned today. I have a lot of ideas as to how to structure lessons and I am really looking forward to helping and getting to know the student a little bit more."
"We practiced introducing ourselves and asking questions about the other person. We reviewed days of the week and used prepositions like on, off, in, between, before and after. We began reading simple vowel sounds."
"Both students and I had our initial tutorial yesterday. A wonderful icebreaker! They demonstrated strong eagerness to learn the language and ability to do so. Student A had no previous exposure to French, whereas his brother had some from the previous grade he completed. We worked on refreshing Student B's memory and updating his brother, as well. They seemed dedicated and receptive. We are designing the right syllabus that will address their needs effectively, and are exploring potential avenues to do so. A mock schedule was established for the next week, and we look forward to meeting again."
"We went over months, seasons, and weather, and dressed cut-out bears and robots for rainy days, snowy days, and sunny days. We reviewed how to say, "I'm hungry" and "I'm eating [food]," and we fed various imaginary foods to the student's toy lion while saying what he was eating."
"In today's French session, the student and I covered how to introduce herself, and how to ask how someone is named, how they are doing, and to ask their age. In turn, we also covered how she should answer these question if she is asked. We discussed in detail when to ask certain types of questions, particularly when it comes to using "vous" and "tu" when addressing certain persons. She did a struggle a bit with how to pronounce at first, but constant repetition helped her become more comfortable with the topic. One strategy I suggested was for her to practice pronouncing what we covered in front of a mirror as she can get more comfortable with the material. I left her with a little extra worksheet practice for her to do before tomorrow that covers the material of our last session."
"After having the students read their homework responses involving the verb "aimer" and various leisure activities, I devoted the session to an exploration of the verb "faire." This entailed the verb's irregular conjugation and its uses in describing daily activities, the weather and math. For this latter element, I gave them a list of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems for them to express in French ("deux plus deux fait quatre," "quatre fois deux fait huit," etc.). In this activity, I wanted to revive their understanding of French numbers; I followed the math portion with a few minutes of stating years, particularly those with historical significance (1789, 1776, 1945, etc.). I went over the concept of tutoiement versus vouvoiement, which they seemed to grasp after some examples and practice. Finally, I showed them a short video that introduced the topic of geography and nationality, which I hope to cover during the next session."