Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, the student and I mostly conversed to develop his ability to draw vocabulary quickly while speaking. We also continued our reading of "Don Juan" and will be reading Pierre Boulle's "La planete des Singes" together moving forward. I look forward to assigning more French literature for him."
"Today at my session with the student, we used printouts of the character from the book "Elmer" to do an activity that involved her learning the names of the colors (which she continues to do well with!), and then we played a game where she hid the letters of the alphabet, and after I found them. We then went over them in French. Her pronunciation of each letter is perfection, and I am incredibly impressed! I can tell she is really enjoying her lessons!"
"Today I introduced the student to the phrases "avoir besoin de" and "il faut." In order for him to have a concept of what to avoid when using "falloir" I introduced him briefly to the idea (though not the mechanics) of the subjunctive just so that he is aware it exists. I then proceeded to help him understand how to use "il faut" in level appropriate ways, meaning combining it with the infinitive or following it with an object. We then discussed several key phrases in French that indicate location "ici/la, la bas; par la" and covered the phrase "il-y a." They then began to discuss the idea of using time versus hour (temps v. heure), mostly as a set-up to learning how to tell time in French. As always, he caught on quickly to all these concepts."
"Today I reviewed the homework I assigned the student. She continues to struggle with whether to use "avoir" or "etre" to form the passe compose. Her attitude is always excellent and she is very polite. I have given her several handouts and we discussed them. I also gave her some tips on how to remember certain vocabulary words. I then dictated several short sentences to check improvement on her use of the passe compose, and she definitely made progress by the end of the session. She is going to write a long paragraph for homework, using the passe compose with both etre and avoir."
"Today I taught the student how to form questions in French. We applied her most recently acquired verb vocabulary to make sentences that we then turned into the various types of questions. We reviewed all of her flashcards from previous lessons together. She has shown a lot of improvement. After this, I got out my copy of Le Petit Prince and she read aloud under my guidance to practice pronunciation. She is showing lots of good improvement. Her accent has improved tremendously. She is starting to pick up on different irregular and regular patterns of pronunciation."
"Today the student and I did some conversation practice, which gave him an opportunity to explain some of the books he's been reading for class. He understands everything in the text, has become very fluent in spoken French, and was effortlessly incorporating many of the structures we've covered--a testament to the work he's put in over the summer! As such, I decided to spend the rest of the class discussing surrealist poetry, a topic he is inspired by and interested in. As we read through one of Andre Breton's surrealist poems, I explained some of the principles/history of this movement and strategies for reading such works. He seemed to enjoy the poem and conversation and asked that we do the same thing when we meet on Wednesday."