Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had my first session with the student. He has his pre-comp listening test soon. I wanted to assess his current ability so I asked him to tell me what he ad learned so far in this third marking period. He mentioned his teacher is from a French-speaking African country. He shared some photos of his class worksheets, and we reviewed those as exercises. The student needed a lot of prompting on his pronunciation and on his verb conjugation. He does not seem to have a firm grasp of how to pronounce basic phrases yet. After some correction on how to pronounce the pronouns je and nous correctly, he often reverted back to the incorrect pronunciations. He asked about context clues, which can be helpful in English, but in French are hard to identify without a strong fundamental vocabulary base. We reviewed the "to be/etre" and "to have/avoir" verb conjugations, both of which are irregular verb forms that are constantly used in French. I asked him to give me the I/You/He/She/We/You (formal) and You plural/They forms, but he seemed to struggle with identifying the conjugated verb forms and pronouncing them properly. I also used the chat messaging function to reiterate. He seemed to, in his words, "space out" a bit during the lesson when I asked him to answer questions on the exercise. I'm not sure if it is a matter of focus or perhaps nervousness/confusion on the material. We also reviewed masculine/feminine nouns. He did not know that "le" indicates a masculine singular noun and that "la" is used for feminine singular nouns. I gave him a general rule of thumb that most feminine nouns end in -e (but not always). Then we discussed the negation form (ne+conjugated verb+pas), which "sandwiches" the conjugated verb. I asked him to apply that to the avoir/etre verb forms, but he was having trouble with remembering the proper conjugated forms and how to pronounce the pronouns. Toward the end, he improved and seemed to recall them easier and remember not to pronounce silent "s" endings, etc. I sent a recap of all the material we reviewed in a Word document to give to AJ."
"We practiced oral conversation for 30 minutes. Then we worked on grammar: verb to go and aimer au present tense. We worked on active and passive forms of these verbs. I used attentions grabber to talk about the in-laws. Finally, we worked on reading and translation."
"The student needed help studying for a quiz. She is learning demonstrative articles and color adjectives with agreement. Her vocabulary is for clothing and shopping. We did some practice in her workbook with how to use proper adjective agreement for colors. Then I created some additional practice problems. We also reviewed number up to 100. She has been using a website to practice her vocabulary, so she is doing well with written problems. I tried to speak all of the exercises we did so she could get more used to what the words sound like."
"Today's lesson was pretty complicated, but the student was a trooper as usual! We went into depth with the past tense (avoir, etre, and reflexive) and how to form it in any situation. Also, we briefly touched on how to form the imperfect and what it is. Next class, we'll rehash this topic, as it is pretty difficult and used heavily in French II. I'll be creating a document for practice and send it to the student this weekend."
"We studied the student's schoolbook, "Le Petit Nicolas," Chapter 1. I had the student read and make a summary of the story in her own words. We then worked on an audio lesson, Level 5, Lesson 1. I had the student present 5 new vocabulary words and use them in real life context."
"We watched videos in French with English subtitles. We then did reading and translating exercises to work on accent and vocab and had a bit of improvisational conversation. Progress in remembering vocab and also the pronunciation was much better."