Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight we did another quick review of numbers, but this time went through 40. We practiced French phone numbers again (but with a wider range of possibility). We also did a review activity where I read a sentence in French and the students had to pick a corresponding image. They both got all the answers right. We reviewed the "around the house" vocab from our previous session, expanded a little, and then asked each other questions in French related to the vocab. We learned some more words tonight, specifically things you would find in a restaurant, and then ended with a discussion on French dining culture. They were very engaged and it turned out to be a great conversation!"
"The student completed his homework on the board; it was a dialogue using as many verbs as possible. We reviewed the verb dire, an additional target verb, and looked at the difference between direct and indirect discourse. I went over the plan for the new term. Then I introduced the second of three new target verbs, vouloir. I wrote the present tense conjugation on the board and asked the student to memorize it at home. Then we used that verb for drill by creating questions and negative statements. We also did some q and a on the board with the verb vouloir. For homework, I asked the student to write another dialogue using vouloir and also using dire for dialogue tags."
"We tried a new online program today and the student liked the interactive activities. He has a tendency to play or change the subject when a new difficulty arises but the program helped him see what he needed to work on in particular. For now, he memorizes well and repeats with an accurate pronunciation (about 80%). He has issues with phonics: he doesn't quite associate the correct spelling to a word even after getting familiarized with the word orally and in writing. The exercises we did earlier on French sounds and phonemes were not enough and we need to work on that so that his writing doesn't fall behind his comprehension."
"Today the student and I reviewed colors, numbers 1-100, and months in French. She is very impressive with her numbers. She is beginning to remember the colors, too. She always knows orange, pink, blue, and purple now. We used a new book her dad bought for her to review fruits, numbers, and some other vocabulary words. We also read a French/English book called "Goodnight, Panda." I read the French to her and she read the English. Since it is Thanksgiving week, we talked about new food vocabulary and I introduced her to the verb "manger," "to eat." Next week, she wants to label more stuff around her house in French."
"Today we continued our practice of regular -er verbs, and used them in different conversational settings. We also learned the three different ways to form questions, and looked at some more ways to describe people and their personalities. We applied everything that we learned in a final activity to practice for an upcoming Secret Santa, which allowed the student to incorporate Christmas vocabulary and descriptions of people to prepare for her holiday celebrations. Great session!"
"Today, I continued working with the student on genders and ages. We read together quite a bit, and I replaced some of the words in her English books with French terms she is becoming familiar with. Our new vocabulary for today was "help" and "be careful" or "pay attention." I will be sending an email to Mom with all new vocabulary terms."