Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on an article and reviewed the subjunctive. We saw a lot of new vocabulary about economy."
"We started by introducing himself and explaining few basics diseases to a patient and the difference between tu and vous. We discussed the sounds en/on/un."
"The student and I first discussed the concepts that he felt were most pressing. These concepts were the differences between verb tenses, when to use them, and how the conjugations differ. We focused on 3 major areas: the conditional, the subjunctive, and the difference between past and impartial (past tenses in French). We briefly reviewed the conjugation rules for each, and then I provided a number of practice examples. I also explained the different instances you would use these tenses. We did some translation exercises with the verbs as well, just as his teacher does translation exercises. I suggested saying the verb conjugations out loud to learn them and memorizing example sentences that represent certain tenses (like just memorizing "Il faut que je sois en bonne forme pour le match.") I will email the student a synopsis of the concepts we went over and some practice items to complete before our next meeting. It was a great first meeting. I think we both have a good idea of where to proceed in our next session!"
"The student and I worked on her summer reading assignment. We read two short stories and annotated them according to her teacher's instructions. We discussed plot development, characterization, setting, voice, etc."
"The student did a great job this week. She is able to recite the alphabet, and her accent is improving. This week, we worked on "this, that, these, those," "mine, yours, theirs, ours," and possessive pronouns, which the student picked up quickly. She also has a grasp of negation of sentences as well as "built-in" verbs. We worked on more verb drills and practiced sentence making using above concepts. Next week, there will be a short, written review. She must practice reading out loud (slowly), numbers, and review the conjugation of "all-purpose verbs" to continue to ensure her speedy progress. Her homework is the 10 phrases with new verbs using concepts from this week, reading out loud, and notecards."
"The student did great today! Our lesson this morning was all review, so that I could gauge her retention after our week-long break. I'm really pleased with her progress, and I can tell she is becoming more comfortable with me as her teacher. Some excellent points from today: She has numbers 1-10 memorized; she can ask for a snack in French with an English prompt; she remembers the names of letters A, B, and C in French, and can make the sounds, and she knows eyes, nose, mouth, toes, knees, and belly button in French, and can identify them on herself and others. Next week, we will introduce the letter "D" as well as some words for describing people."