Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on her homework for later this week--reading comprehension passages and her written responses. We talked through the questions and formulated answers, focusing on always having a subject and verb for each sentence. We then reviewed our two past tenses, which she correctly explained when to use. We also conjugated verbs (including the irregular verbs) in the future tense one by one. For next session, she is to compile a list of masculine and feminine vocabulary words and review her future tense and vocabulary cards."
"We took an extra hour tonight because he had a lot of material on a test. It was pretty advanced. He definitely got the main ideas."
"The student and I continued to work on vocabulary building. We also played some online interactive games, which reviewed previous vocabulary. The student enjoyed playing the games, and he was able to match the written word to the vocabulary picture by identifying the initial consonant. This indicated to me that we are on the right track with our lessons. I plan to continue to practice consonant sounds and associating them with the written word. We practiced our vocabulary and expressions with picture flashcards. Next week, I hope to review those phrases and words and do some hands-on exercises with them. We concluded our lesson by reading a French storybook he had checked out from the school library. We enjoyed an excellent lesson today, as the student remained focused and engaged throughout our time together."
"The student and I learned prepositions of location today. We made flashcards and played a game where we described the location of items in a messy room using our new vocabulary. We also reviewed older vocabulary together using the flashcards we made. We finished with her reading from Le Petit Prince, and I helped with translation and pronunciation where needed."
"The student and I talked about her lunch with her son right before our session. I taught her the possessive pronoun forms (masculine/feminine/plural). We learned about family member terms as well. She had already taken the initiative to learn a few of them herself. We reviewed the verb conjugation for avoir/to have. She noted that it sounds similar to au revoir, which does bear a strong resemblance to avoir. We learned how to ask whether wine or beer is available. Then I showed her what du/de la/des mean (de + le = du; de + les = des). We went over asking about the price/how much something costs and other terms used in shopping (asking about sizes, trying on something, buying a gift, whether the store accepts credit cards/only having a larger bill, etc.) I taught her about "ce/cette/ces" articles for this and these. I wrapped up the lesson by recording our material on her phone for her to practice her listening comprehension and pronunciation."
"The student and I talked in French about travel, the Olympics, and fields of study. I showed her some cultural differences between French people and American people, and a typical reading list students have to work on in order to pass the Master's of French oral exam. I oriented the conversation towards past events so she could use the passe compose more often. At the end, we talked about French food, and I mentioned a bakery owned by French people near her home. This was an excellent session!"