Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I administered cumulative review exam #1. Though the student struggled with some of the concepts, she was able to correct her mistakes after the exam. Her accent and reading abilities in French are getting swiftly better, and student exhibits an ability to learn new concepts quickly. I introduced "subject-->object-->verb" construction as well as new, common verbs. The student is to continue reading out loud in French, and has been assigned Chapter 9 of "The Everything Learning French Book" to review pronouns, possessives, etc. The student is to write new phrases in the affirmative and negative, using all key negation words (pas, rien, jamais, personne, pas encore, que, nulle part, plus) and is to continue drilling conjugation. Overall, great work. I wish her luck this weekend with her Francophone guests."
"The student and I began using the terms for "look/ see/ watch" and "hear/ listen." I want to expand on this by teaching her other sensory terms like "to smell." She and I spent some time playing with her pretend foods and taking turns "grocery shopping." In this way, she showed me that she can identify many of the foods we have learned, including lettuce, peppers, cheese, strawberries, and eggs. She can even identify plurals correctly, as in, "two eggs." We also did a counting activity by rolling a ball to one another. She can count to ten on her own and repeat eleven and twelve, so I hope I can encourage her to say the last two on her own."
"The student and I discussed the future of his French learning, cultural notes about Quebec and France, some of their differences and similarities, as well as some relative pronouns. We also practiced speaking in French by spending much of the session speaking in French while allowing responses in English."
"The student and I went over several French worksheets, which were review from the previous year. We also reviewed the new ACT writing prompts and rubrics, as assigned by her English teacher. We also went over her Chemistry packet together."
"The student has made good progress in counting. We moved on to 11-20. She completed her homework on nationalities. We continued working on spelling and the verb etre. She still seems motivated and positive."
"Today we went over subject pronouns and their meanings, along with how to conjugate the verb etre, or "to be," in French, present tense. We explored the role that this verb plays in the c'est / il est expressions, in which the former is used to introduce or identify, the latter for describing, and for which the article is dropped. We then segued into adjectives in French - mostly regular ones, and those that are closest to English (cognates). We then reviewed the BANGS rule, which helped students differentiate between what adjectives come before or after a noun in French. I gave her some examples of this rule. I also glossed over the major irregulars that pertain to this category, and we saw that some adjectives change form simply to accommodate pronunciation. She seemed to soak it all in just great, per usual. At the end, I told her that Thursday we will likely go over the verb avoir and perhaps touch on how to conjugate regular verbs. As always, so much fun!"