Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the lesson tonight, we focused on additional uses of the subjunctive tense with conjunctions. This is a new topic for him in school and I wanted to make sure that we covered the material for his school work and his final review prep work. He continues to be an enthusiastic learner."
"For this session, we started off by reviewing the conjugations of the verbs necessary for the formation of the past tense. Following this, we went through some oral discussion questions together on what we'd done this weekend before moving on to start going over Chapter 1 of the textbook she will be using in French 3 this fall. We briefly went over the vocabulary, both to give her a chance to familiarize herself with it and as an exercise to practice pronunciation, then worked through further exercises from the book on the formation of the past tense. She did get faster at these exercises as we went through, and having previously reviewed conjugations seemed to help as well. We finished the session with some reading practice; this was definitely a challenging exercise, but she did impressively well on it. For next time, I've asked her to pick five of the vocabulary words and compose sentences for each using the past tense."
"The student and I reviewed the formation of the passe compose and he completed a small assessment I made him check for understanding. We then identified when to use the passe compose with terse vs when to use with avoid and the difference between the two."
"I met with the student for the first time since he was in French 2 last year. We talked about what is upcoming in this semester of French. Then we reviewed basic past tense exercises that his teacher uploaded to the class website. The exercise was comprised of 28 slides with French phrases and questions requiring the student to use the past tense to form complete sentences using the phrases. He did well with distinguishing which verbs required "avoir" and which ones required "etre," but he often had difficulty forming sentences on the first try. I recommend practicing sentence formation/syntax to help him feel confident with the concept."
"Student #1: practice conjugating verbs in the present and with "aller" to use the future; exercises; reading and pronunciation. Student #2: exercises conjugating "avoir et etre"; reading and pronunciation."
"Today we went over pronunciation. We revisited our working document of French phrases and discussed the movies that the student has been able to watch online. We went over some new vocabulary, and looked through his notes for any questions or new material. We also installed the Google translate app on his iPhone so that he can speak into his phone for translation purposes."