Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the two hours working on a French presentation he was to give in class the next day. His assignment was to research a street demonstration (festival, political rally, etc.) and report to the class about it for 2 minutes using some vocabulary words from the chapter. He chose carnival, and specifically the Carnaval de Paris. He did a great job of finding relevant sites. He also did a great job of understanding how to integrate the vocabulary words. He understands what the words mean and so was able to use them intelligently in sentences. I look forward to hearing from him how it went!"
"The student was very prepared and her homework was very good. I explained the "est-ce que" structure a little more in details so that she could understand better the difference between inversion questions and questions with "est-ce que." We also practiced questions using food vocabulary from last time and we worked a little more on the "prendre" and "boire" verbs. Finally we read a text about meals in France. I checked her comprehension by asking her questions about the text. She could answer them with confidence so I decided to make the activity more challenging: I asked her to compare meal related traditions in France, the US and Mexico. Today I felt like she had gained self-confidence. She was able to use older grammar and vocabulary, and to integrate them in our session. Her accent is getting better as well. Next time we will work on prepositions + countries and on possessive adjectives because she needed those today but had difficulties using them since we haven't covered that yet."
"As with the student's previous lesson, I am building activities around the vocabulary in his school notebook. Our goal is to strengthen his use of the vocabulary and expressions and develop a habit of responding in complete sentences. He did a great job with this lesson. With prompting, he was able to put together some complex sentences. As he is a very energetic five year-old, I try to structure his lessons around games. For this lesson, I asked him 15 questions while we tossed a teddy bear back and forth. We counted the tosses in French. I constantly encourage him to respond in complete sentences and review/recycle the questions throughout our time together. We also played a vocabulary review game using dice I created from large children's' blocks. Overall, he did a great job with the lesson. His mother wrote down some of the structures we practiced so that they could continue to work on them throughout the coming week."
"We reviewed the student's vocabulary and grammar for a test she'll have soon. She feels much more comfortable with the vocab now. She felt good with future tense and the difference between por and para. We practiced those concepts as well. She's prepared. We had a nice conversation about her plans for the holidays in Spanish. She spoke very well and described in detail. Impressive!"
"We spent most of the session doing drills on subjunctive conjugation of regular and irregular verbs. The student learned patterns for memory tricks for the subjunctive."
"We spent time in conversation, me asking her questions and vice versa to test her ability to immediately respond and put her own sentences together. I reviewed the word hay, which she finds troublesome, and explained it in the context of not being related to ser and estar. We reviewed the key letters and sounds that impact pronunciation of a native speaker. The student is very bright and I look forward to working with her."