Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered introductions, several verbs and activities. The student wanted more practice with French pronunciation. We also introduced numbers and worked phonetic symbols to help with pronunciation."
"Material covered: -Review of descriptive adjectives through conversation. - Months, dates and numbers. - Pronunciation of numbers. Homework: Review months, dates & numbers."
"The student wanted to brush up on her numbers, so that is the bulk of what we did today. We did a number of exercises, including doing basic math where she had to listen to and come up with numbers in French, constructing narratives about the ages and birth years of her family and pets, and talking about the weather and looking at a local report, while she practiced numbers by telling the low and the high for each day. We did a little work with time as well, talking about how hours are written differently in French and in English. After this, towards the end, we did some work with grammar. By the end of our session, she seemed far more familiar with numbers and getting on her way to understanding the composite past. We're planning on working next week with prepositions, particularly those you use to discuss different amounts of things. For extra practice, I told her to try and look over her notes from last year's classes about the prepositions we'll be working on Tuesday, and told her to try to spend at least five minutes every day doing something in French (listening, reading, writing, or speaking with her dad, who also speaks French), just to keep herself used to hearing and using it."
"The student and I worked on using direct and indirect object pronouns and verbs like "gustar." We started by reviewing the rules for usage and placement for the pronouns as well as the unit vocabulary. Next, I had the student translate sentences and answer questions using the pronouns in context with the vocabulary. He struggled the most with using verbs like "gustar" and answering with the appropriate person (if I ask "you all," you answer "we"). I told him that he could complete more practice with all of these concepts online, and I will send him the same exercises that we did together to see if he can do them on his own and get them all correct."
"The student and I worked to review all the grammar tenses he knows, focusing mainly on the "functional uses" of each tense. This was a challenge for him in translation exercises on his last test. We also looked at an authentic text about experiences growing up Mexican in Texas to look for examples of direct and indirect objects in context. I left him with a short homework assignment in the book. We will work on strategies for retaining and practicing vocabulary next time."
"The student completed some homework on verbs in reflexive mode, and then we worked on the vocabulary sheet, constructing sentences with the verbs and the new words. It is necessary for her to do more of this (study the words and the usage of verbs in the same sentence)."