Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered the material for his test this Friday. It included the present subjunctive, irregular subjunctives, the use of the subjunctive mood, and some study tips."
"We covered: adjectives: gender and number, numbers, days of the week. How to introduce yourself: reading, writing and listening."
"We went over preterit and imperfect, present perfect, vocabulary and differences between ser and estar."
"We reviewed the main verbs faire, aller, avoir, and etre. Then, we reviewed the past tense with avoir, before doing a short reading to introduce the past tense with etre (the verbs aller, arriver, entrer, rester, and rentrer use etre as their helping verb instead of avoir). It was a bit grammar heavy today, but knowing this will open up a lot of new vocabulary that we can learn starting next time."
"We reviewed to verbs for To Be and To Have and the phrases that go with them (to be hungry, thirsty, sleepy, etc.). We also began with adjectives that come after the noun by reviewing the names of colors. The student remembers a lot of her colors from previous lessons! So now her new homework is to point out things she sees and describe them. I told her that she can also use her colors even if she doesn't know the name of the noun (green bowl = bowl vert, black pen = pen noir, etc.). She's doing very well, and her pronunciations are getting better every week! It may also help her to collect all of her printed-out lessons and staple them together."
"We spent most of the session going over the pronunciation guide, starting with voiced or unvoiced final consonants and working through elision rules. We will pick up on Liaison next week. We then went over the poem I had brought last week, reading, translating and briefly discussing it. I then answered any questions the student had come up with over the course of the week. For next week, we will review the passe compose vs. imparfait worksheets, go over the liaison part of the pronunciation guide, and I will bring in another poem or story to read together."