Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I had a very good session. We went over exercises I created for numbers, conjugations, and making sentences using given verbs. She really improved with her numbers over the past week and is still doing very well with her verbs and creating sentences. We will finish working with verbs in the next session, along with working on vocabulary such as months and days. Overall, she is doing really excellent and has really come a long way."
"The student and I went over the past infinitive, the gerondif, and the imperative--I'm going to clarify a few of the finer grammar points on those subjects at the beginning of our next session, and tomorrow we'll cover "y" and "en", the faire causatif, indefinite adjectives and pronouns, and the subjunctive. Her final is next Monday."
"We began the session by chatting in French in order to engage her speaking and listening skills. During our conversation, she asked a question about when to use the imperfect and when to use the past perfect tense. I prompted her with a few example sentences and asked her to answer in the appropriate tense, and we discussed that. I then asked her what they were going over in class. She told me they were working on the future and conditional tenses, so I again prompted her with a few example situations and either asked her to respond or ask a question using the future tense. We then listened to a radio clip on rfi (radio France international) together. I thought this would be a good way to hone in on listening skills. We listened twice, and the second time, I had her write down words that she recognized. Afterwards, she read the list to me, and then I asked her to use that list and her knowledge of what she heard to explain the clip to me. She explained it very well! She not only used key words but also made inferences and was able to understand the gist of the whole segment. The clip came with some questions, and I had her read those aloud and try to answer them. We worked on pronunciation as well as content there. Whenever she did not know a word, she wrote it down, and we discussed its definition and used it in a sentence. In this activity, she was able to engage her listening skills as well as her speaking skills. I will focus on prompting her to speak more often in our next session. I gave her a handout on relative pronouns for next time. I asked that she read that over because we will start the next session with a quiz that we will complete together. Overall the session went really well, and I'm excited to work with her again!"