Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I am covering passe simple parfait with the youngest student and deal and preparation for mock trial on defamation law with the eldest student."
"We practiced forming and using the passe compose (using avoir) for her upcoming test. I gave her a helpful flow chart with steps for correctly using the PC."
"Tonight, the student did not have specific homework to work on, so I did a general review of the passe compose (conjugated with "avoir" and also "etre") and the "imparfait". We did some examples using my white board, did some oral comprehension questions (I asked her questions in the past tense and she replied orally), worked on an exercise from the textbook (differentiating between the two past tenses), and worked on an activity using a short YouTube video and a worksheet which goes with it. That was good practice to see when to use each tense. She did really well on all activities and got them almost 100% correct. For those she did not get correct, we discussed the reasons for the correct answer. She understands both tenses well, including how to form them."
"Today the student and I went over prepositions and numbers and did the vocabulary exercises in the textbook. We also reviewed the work she has done thus far in the workbook. She is catching on very quickly, although we will need to review the preposition de + the definite article a bit more. Next time we will work on liaison and the grammar structures for Lesson 5."
"We did a slightly longer session today so that we could work on finishing their presentation script with the student and her friend. We did make progress in trying to seek out more simple sentence structures and making it more theatrical to make up for the complexity we couldn't have in the language. After her friend left, the student and I worked on her geometry definitions. She is starting to seem a lot more confident about her geometry."
"Today was our last session before the student leaves for her vacation. We mainly covered the subjunctive with useful examples."
"Reviewed homework and completed worksheet with more practice on regular -er verbs. Learned irregular -er verbs in the present tense."
"*Reviewed and expanded vocabulary related to greetings, introductions and leave taking. *Talked about family members."
"Reviewed '-er' verbs with 2 workbook activities, learned how to conjugate '-ir' verbs with an activity to practice, will begin focusing on oral acquisition more frequently."
"We started this session by reviewing some of the structures we'd worked on in our last two sessions, in order to make sure that the student feels more comfortable with them. She has a much better feel now for when to use the pluperfect vs. the past tense, and is beginning to be able to choose the right helping verb for her past-tense and pluperfect tenses more quickly and with less prompting. Since she said that drawing things helps her to remember them, I suggested that she draw a "Maison d'Etre" to illustrate all of the verbs that take 'to be' as their past-tense helping verb, with each one taking place to, from, in, or around a house or similar structure. She asked if we could talk for a little while about French history, so that she could have more of a sense of the culture and context behind the language; she was particularly curious about Napoleon. I gave her an idea of some of the basics of Napoleon's rule and the broad strokes of the Revolution that created the political climate that allowed him to rise to power, and we talked a little bit about how some of the events and philosophies from that time period influenced the modern language that she's learning. We also talked about a couple of other interesting figures from French history, particularly Eleanor of Aquitaine, and then reintegrated our historical explorations with our grammatical work by writing past-tense and pluperfect statements about Eleanor's life and accomplishments."
"The student is working on an essay in French for her application to spend her junior year of high school studying in France. She didn't know the past tense, which is a major part of her essay on the topic "write a page of your biography," so we addressed that in our first lesson. We covered the major rules of the passe compose using the verb "avoir" for all three types of verbs, -er, -ir, and -re. We went over using questions and negatives in the past tense as well. I had her practice translating phrases from English to French and French to English orally and in writing to reinforce past tense conjugations. I will be sending her a few practice exercises to complete before our next lesson. I asked her to send me her essay in English so I can take a look at the kinds of constructions she will need to be comfortable with to successfully translate her essay into French, and think about ways of simplifying the language to communicate her message, if necessary."
"We prepared for the final. We covered articles, verbs (irregular and regular), and noun/adjective agreement."