Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered material that will be on test, made her a set of flashcards to review them. Meanings of word order need to be studied in her free time (though I did provide framework.)"
"We first discussed how the student liked to have each session and goals for himself. We both are comfortable with using his class textbook mainly to do preparation and reviews for his class. The rest of the time the student and I reviewed some materials that he was challenged by in the past classes (such as Kanji, and vocabularies). He had great questions and was very eager to learn & explore both Japanese language and cultures."
"Went over new vocabulary (newspaper, magazine, bread, rice) and completed the student's upcoming homework, focusing on usage of particles and adverbs. Her reading and writing ability have noticeably improved since the last session, which is a promising sign."
"Keigo, everyday keigo phrases, translating conversations into kenjougo/ sonkeigo/ teineigo as necessary based on context (who is saying what about whom). A bit of "cushion keigo" phrases. Next time, we will continue reviewing these sonkeigo/ kenjougo + everyday keigo phrases, and then continue adding to the list of cushion keigo phrases. Soon we will also begin tackling more telephone conversations and business emails in keigo."
"The student and I went over various grammar rules and terms for days of the week, month, etc. The student made tremendous progress at the end of the session."
"The student asked that we do some activities to help her with her reading comprehension, since that's the aspect of her school's French Immersion program that she finds most challenging beyond her French class itself, so we did so. In particular, we used a humorous short story from the "Le Petit Nicolas" collection to work on inferring from context clues, using more-familiar related words and cognates to help decode new vocabulary, and using narrative logic to help clarify difficult phrases. She seemed to enjoy the story, and was more than willing both to try to anticipate meaning using the techniques we explored and to follow up on the opportunities that the story presented to revisit and refresh some of the structures we had worked on before Winter Break. The student reported that she was beginning to feel more confident and like she understood more of what was going on in her French class as a result of our work together so far."
"After I asked the student at the end of the first session what he would like to do for the following sessions, he told me he wanted to practice basic sentences from the first session and then focus on specific topics (food, time, etc.). So during this session we practiced what he had learned, and I taught him the most important verbs in French ("to be," "to have," "to do," "to go"). I also introduced him basic verb conjugation for regular verbs in French."
"Did introductory instruction with the students. Covered literature and writing as well as French. Passe Compose and futur simple."
"In this session, we continued to reinforce and review past material, but we especially examined "a / de" and their variations with definite articles."
"Today we reviewed numbers and did a review of numbers and family members with a booklet I made. I also used it to teach some new words (la princesse, le chevalier, le maitre, l'ami, vieux, petit) and colors. I was impressed that all three children could count 1-10 on their own. I taught them some basic phrases: je m'appelle, j'ai __ ans. I left them le Roi Lion and le Livre de la Jungle so they can watch some Disney movies in French when I'm not there. I also left the booklet for them to review colors and so that they can read some basic sentences that they can understand. Next time I'll make more flashcards for body parts."
"We reviewed regular -er verbs. We also covered introductions and adjectives. We began learning masculine/feminine indefinite articles."
"Began lesson with conversational period that lasted for a half an hour. Then reviewed vocabulary portions of the "midterm.""