Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At the start of our session I had the student take the test that I prepared as per her request covering the passe compose (particularly focusing on irregular past participles), pronominal verbs, and etre vs. avoir. We spent the rest of the session going through the test and discussing the questions that came up, going back to review certain tricky concepts, and doing additional exercises to help ingrain the material. We are meeting next on Sunday. The student is going to redo the test on her own and she is going to work on the next chapter, which we will go over on Sunday."
"The student and I began our session by reviewing the 20 new vocabulary words presented in the previous lesson. He and his mother had practiced them since last week, and he was very proud to demonstrate how well he had learned them. Next, I introduced 20 additional new words using cartoon picture flashcards. The new words added to his animal vocabulary (from last week's lesson) and introduced food vocabulary. We went through the cards in groups of five, spending time to review each five-card segment. I so appreciate his mother allowing me to add vocabulary to his repertoire as it gives me more and more to work with in lesson preparation. The next part of our lesson involved reading a hand-made, personal story. I've been making a "Student adventure book" for each of our past three lessons. Each book tells a story in which the student is the main character. Each book uses previous vocabulary and phrases. We read them together, and I guide him through adding missing vocabulary - all of which he has learned. Next, we took a break and looked at pictures of Le Mont St. Michel, which I had downloaded onto my laptop. For the past three lessons, our break time has involved introducing French culture: Paris landmarks, castles of the Loire Valley, and (this time) Le Mont St. Michel. The student seems to enjoy learning about France. For the next segment of our session, I had created a little two-page "quiz" game in which I asked the student to study four cartoon images (the same ones as on our flashcards) and identify the one that didn't fit in the grouping. He had to tell me "....ne va pas." Each of the two pages contained four lines of four images. For each line, the student was able to successfully identify which item did not fit and tell me so in French. Our session concluded with a French storybook we had begun last week. He and his mother have a great collection of French children's' books. We had begun one story last week and continued where we had left off. For this lesson component, the student is completely engaged. He seems to love reading the story. I read the French and translate along the way. If the story uses any vocabulary or phrases he might know, I point them out to him."
"The student finished his French homework, and then we practiced some conversation and reviewed question words (who, what, where, why, when, how much, etc.). For his homework, he was to describe actions in drawings using the appropriate past tense. He has gotten very good at choosing the appropriate past tense. He still needs to think a little more carefully about which helping verb to use for the passe compose, whether he's made articles and nouns agree, whether he's correctly identified masculine and feminine nouns, etc. But when he stops and takes a second look, he is able to fix his mistakes (and honestly, there aren't many of those). He is responding to me conversationally in French and doing a pretty good job of it. Yesterday he even said a sentence with several clauses."