Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session we really jumped right in! We began with the French alphabet, did some repetition, games, and spelled some common words to get used to hearing and saying each of the letters. Next, we counted 0-10. The students both did a great job with pronunciation and were receptive of critique. I really enjoy working with them."
"We reviewed the main verbs, aller, faire, venir and did the countries with aller a/venir de. Much better this time. We went over the rules of Jouer with a game/sport vs an instrument (prepositions change a/de) and introduced the stress pronouns-moi/toi etc. The student had them down in two reviews. We also reviewed the weather and form of passe compose."
"We reviewed the homework on adjectives from last session. The student did great and showed a clear understanding of the material. Today we did prepositions, and I gave her homework for next time. We had a conversation on how to tell someone what you did today. She learned the vocabulary for it."
"Today the student and I reviewed a test she had gotten back that focused on the skill of choosing prepositions with countries, states, and cities. We went through the steps for choosing a preposition depending on whether a country is masculine, feminine, or plural, and then worked through several examples from her test. The student was able to explain back the examples she had gotten wrong and make the correct choices for each. Then she mentioned that she had been having some trouble with forming the passe compose and translating sentences into French, so we did work through some example sentences of the passe compose with both avoir and tre helping verbs and made a list of steps to forming the passe compose. I asked her to recopy these steps into her notebook and refer to them until it eventually becomes automatic. We also contrasted present sentences with past tense sentences. She was focused and had a great attitude throughout."
"Today's lesson was entirely focused on a comprehension and speaking exercise. We watched the first part of "Tout en Haut du Monde," a French animated film with very rapid and complicated dialogue. After each scene or so, we paused the film to discuss what was said and what happened in French. As the exercise went on, the student's comprehension and ability to express herself noticeably improved, although there were still some parts that were difficult for her to make out, especially the parts where they used specific language. All in all, the exercise worked great to teach vocabulary, listening, and speaking. Next week, we will continue to the next third of the film."
"We reviewed inverted question structure, and the conditional tense. Then, we went over Serge Gainsbourg's "Aux armes etc." and reviewed that vocab. Then, we went over a reading passage and the vocab from that. Then, we reviewed the rules on prepositions of places."