Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first session with the student. We started out just discussing his experience with French so far and his language learning goals. Then we spent some time chatting in French so that I could get a sense of his conversational level. His vocabulary is very good, especially considering how recently he started learning French. He said that we wants to balance his vocabulary with more grammar so that he can start picking up more patterns as he listens to more French. We used a grammar book that I brought with me to review present tense conjugations, which the student had down without trouble, and then we started working on the passe compose, which he had not learned yet. We only got to the basics of how to form the tense and we went through a couple of problem sets to practice and he picked it up really quickly. I gave him the chapter on present tense conjugations and the chapter on the passe compose to work on in the meantime. I will also take this week to look through the French books that he has worked with in the past to plan out ways of incorporating them into lesson plans."
"Today I started by asking him if he had memorized the imperfect endings, and he said he had. I asked him to write them on the board, and he did it perfectly. We continued the 'end of term review', going over how to form the imperfect, how to form the passe compose, and which verbs use etre to form the passe compose. Then we continued work on the new verb, dire. He had memorized present tense, and he put the conjugation on the board. I talked about using "dire" with dialogue and the structure of the direct object with that verb. Then I showed him the past participle of dire, told him that it is constructed with avoir, and asked him to write the conjugation on the board using that information. He got it right, and I asked him to memorize it for next time. Homework is to write a paragraph that uses dialogue (dire) and to use as many other verbs as possible."
"Today we reviewed the winter concepts, such as: Quel temps fait-il ? C'est l'hiver Il fait froid, il neige, il fait du vent, il fait mauvais Dictee : L'hiver Chanson : c'est l'hiver C'est l'hiver C'est l'hiver Tout est blanc Cest l'hiver C'es"
"We introduced ourselves. This was the first Spanish session for her, so we reviewed the alphabet, the numbers, the verbs SER and Hay. She has a good pronunciation. She needs to memorize the vocabulary reviewed today."
"We practiced conversing with the specific verbs Gustar, ordinal numbers, and activities in and outside of school. These were the vocabulary that the girls, especially student one needed more practice. We also went over identifying cognates in order to decrease the instance of using Spanglish words. I began an online account for the girls so they can build new and review old vocabulary as well as begin familiarizing with spelling."
"We reviewed grammatical concepts related to a timed writing I had her do before the lesson. We also did a reading comprehension practice. Specifically we worked on present perfect vs. present indicative and past imperfect verses preterite. She did great!"