Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had just taken a quiz in class, and said it went very well, so we went over some of the vocabulary and questions about her upcoming unit. We practiced vocabulary, and reviewed some grammar concepts, including family vocabulary and possessive adjectives. She did very well with everything, especially with our review of possessives."
"Today we moved on the second verb group, verbs ending in -IR. We conjugated the verbs Finir, Choisir, and Grandir, after doing some review with first group verbs. The student is learning very quickly, and he already has an excellent grasp of the conjugations for the second group verbs. Another lesson or so to review the second group should be enough before we can move on to the third group, and finally the irregular ones. As always, he was a joy to work with. Until next week, he should keep working the second group verbs."
"Today, both students and I picked up where we left off last week on the formation of interrogative sentences with the three structures of declarative, inversion, and the use of "est-ce que." We also touched on the different uses of the verb "faire" as they pertain to actions and other colloquial expressions."
"Today, both students and I started a new activity involving some creative writing and imagination. I asked both of them to think about a celebrity that they wished they could meet. For writing practice, they then had 15 minutes to write down a few full-sentence questions that they would ask that person, if given the opportunity. I also wrote down some questions. For speaking practice, we asked each other our questions, and pretended to be the celebrity (Obama) while answering them. Very fun, and a good mixture of speaking and writing!"
"Today, I gave her the results of her test. She scored 83%, which is really good. She did some small mistakes that she was able to correct by herself (she could easily have had over 95%). Overall, she is making good progress in speaking French. We are doing most of the sessions in French now, and she is doing better at understanding spoken French."
"Today, she read aloud from her French translation of "The Dragon's Song." We cleaned up pronunciation of her reading, discerned the specific uses of certain verbs (monster vs. se lever, penser/croire) and adjectives (mince vs ?troit), introduced comparative adjectives aussi/autant/tant, and expanded weather vocabulary through a story about the flood of '38. Next week, she and I will convene and walk around the center of town to review asking directions, identifying buildings and landmarks, and basic interaction with commerces. She is to continue to read aloud using good diction and going slowly, so as to pronounce all of the sounds."