Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the hour by continuing translating a French poem into English. (We are working with "Plein Ciel" by Jules Superveille.) The student had translated the second four lines and we went over it. This is good practice in recognizing verbs and applying what he knows, and he seems to enjoy it. After 10 minutes of that, we went on to the future tense. At my request, he wrote on the board conjugations of the future tense of parler, finir, rendre, and etre. Then I asked him to write conjugations of the verb avoir in present, imperfect, and passe compose, and he did very well. Then I introduced the future tense of avoir. I gave him the stem and he produced the conjugation with the endings, which he is pretty confident of. He will memorize the future tense of avoir. We did a bit of practice using future tense of avoir in negative statements and in questions."
"Another fantastic French lesson with the student! We practiced our mini French conversation, our favorite things and other new words in French as a fun and creative review! Then we learned many new words and practiced them through speaking and drawing! Her French pronunciation is growing even more natural and musical. Our lessons are such a joy."
"Since it had been a little while since our last session, we reviewed the vocabulary a bit and went over the grammar concepts of celui/celle/ceux/celles and ce/cette/ces. We then went over the conjugations and the pronunciation of the verbs etre and avoir, plus the present tense and conditional conjugations of the verb vouloir."
"The student has definitely made a lot of progress this year in his class. Today we worked on his composition, still relating to passe compose or imparfait, but starting to integrate direct and indirect object pronouns, as well as adding infinitive constructions with pour."
"We reviewed several frequently-used verbs and constructed real-life scenario-based conversations out of them. After she successfully learned one verb, we added that verb as part of an element into the next sentence with new verbs. Great job!"
"Last night was a great lesson! We are starting to come full circle and tie in some of the elements from the beginning lessons into our current sessions. It is good review for both students and also allows them to see how much they already know. We are still working on food/dining and will continue to do so for a few more sessions."
"Today we saw how to order food and drinks in a restaurant or cafe, and French etiquette in restaurants in general. Our next class will be on Thursday. We will discuss tourism/itinerary/map (asking for directions) in French, to prepare for the student's next trip to Paris."
"Today we reviewed the material in Lesson 18 and completed all of the corresponding exercises. We also began the Lesson 18 quiz and didn't quite make it through the whole thing. We will finish Parts C and D first thing next week. The student is grasping the concepts very well, but will work on memorizing the spellings (especially accents) of the "shoe verbs" introduced in this lesson for our next meeting."
"During this session, we reviewed ER, RE and IR verbs that will be on his upcoming quiz. I worked with the student on his oral comprehension and tested him on the verbs and vocabulary that he covered last week. He does struggle with the 3rd person plural forms of some of the verbs but we are finding ways to help him remember the endings. He has not worked on the past tense yet since his teacher decided to go back and review other verbs but we will work on this if his class talks about it at the next session. I encouraged him to check out the website to complete additional quizzes to test himself on the verbs. This week's strategy focused on understanding the spoken differences between plural and singular verb conjugations. This allowed him to see that while some verbs do not allow you to hear any difference, the RE verbs have a "d" sound in the plural forms while the singular form does not. Overall, he is making great progress."
"We reviewed vocabulary and sentence structure from previous lessons. I introduced new vocabulary about different stores."
"This session we read an online article about cider production in Quebec to work on reading comprehension. Together, we read the article and answered the comprehension questions. French sentence structure is different, so this adds an extra challenge when reading a text. The questions helped with this and with going back to understand why an answer would be correct or not."
"Today we had a very good lesson; The student was really engaging our conversation. We had fun talking in French about everything he likes. I have seen a very good improvement lesson after lesson."