Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week the student and I covered expressions de quantite and the relative pronoun ou. She brought the exercises that her teacher assigned to the session so that we could go over them together. She worked on several activities to practice. We also discussed how the difference between beaucoup de and trop de can be kind of subjective, so it is very important to rely on context clues in the sentence. We also reviewed the difference between tout, tous, toute, and toutes, which she picked up very quickly. I think the big area to continue to work on is pronunciation as the basics are slowly slipping into place."
"Very successful session. Both girls have improved on the 3 main irregular French verbs, with one of them showing mastery of them. After working with them more, we read 2 paragraphs in the form of pen pal letters, showing how to introduce oneself and including likes and dislikes. We will continue to gain a mastery of self introduction and the verb aimer. I encouraged them to speak more French with me and with each other during the session, using what we are currently studying. Next session I hope to talk more about the verb faire, then have them write a solid paragraph talking about themselves."
"This session, was focused mostly on verbs. We started by going over -re verbs in the context of a homework assignment that I had assigned them last session. We then continued to talk about regular verbs, particularly the different families of verbs that change spelling to maintain pronunciation. We practiced conjugating these verbs in context and I assigned them homework."
"Today we worked on verb conjugation. Specifically, we reviewed preterit and imperfect verbs. We did a couple grammar exercises in which we needed to conjugate regular preterit or imperfect verbs, preterit irregular verbs, and imperfect irregular verbs. We also did some exercises in which we had to either conjugate the verb as imperfect or preterit. The student's knowledge of Spanish is really good. There are tons of Spanish verbs and remembering every verb conjugation is extremely hard and almost impossible. I suggest to find other resources like "La Real Academia Espanola" and use their verb conjugation list."
"Today, we continued the focus on the forms of the subjunctive. We started with a listening activity and some questions. After that, we discussed rules of the subjunctive, and did some practice exercises. She designed some activities that she will do to prepare for the next session."
"Today's class was a bit more informal, and conversational topics covered most of the hour. We talked about the student's family, day-to-day issues, and ways of practicing Spanish with neighbors and on the phone. The student has a very good base of Spanish, however, she needs to avoid shyness and talk to people without fearing mistakes."