Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We studied direct object pronouns and their uses and positioning. We did a few exercises and then reviewed the other pronouns and their uses. I assigned him a few exercises for over the weekend."
"Today we reviewed the Spanish family and food vocabulary from last week, then we went over present tense regular verbs. The student asks good questions and continues to take the initiative to be very motivated."
"We began discussing the next chapter in the textbook, which focuses on verbal phrases. First, we looked at the verb "ir" and how to use it to form a simple future tense ("ir+a+infinitive"). After practicing "ir" and completing several exercises in the textbook, we looked at verbal phrases using the verb "tener." We then reviewed several important verbs, including "ser" and "estar." The student is demonstrating a good grasp of verb conjugations. I assigned him a few exercises in the textbook to complete before our next session on Tuesday."
"The student was very excited today because he has raised his French grade to a B! He also has gotten 100% on some quiz retakes which is doing well not only for his grade, but also his confidence. After reviewing his quiz, we started working on his new material for the week: reflexive verb vocabulary and conjugations. We began by going over his long list of vocab words and phrases. He had a couple of worksheets for homework, and he was able to do them quite easily. He understands how to conjugate the verbs well. We finished the session by going over the new vocab again, so I quizzed him on the new words. Because there are so many, he will need to continue to study them throughout the week."
"The student worked on choosing correct past tenses, improving pronunciation, and conjugating verbs. He understands the concepts and has a great deal of vocabulary memorized. His biggest challenge, at this point, is to become more fluent in speech. He seems to have a tendency to learn visually; we worked on strategies for enhancing his auditory and tactile memory. Most importantly the student will study French out loud."
"This week we watched the French you tuber Pierre Croce, who uses really natural sounding French and speaks extremely fast. Together, we worked to pick apart some of the more complicated bits of what he said, and learned several useful structures in French such as "Soit + a conditional statement". Naturally on the first viewing of the video without any context, it was difficult for her to pick up much of what was said, but as we rewatched each part a few times, she understood more and more. Her comprehension is getting much better, but she still struggles with expressing herself a lot, because there are a great many ways to get across what you mean in French (expressions, slang, sentence structures) that seem bizarre to non-natives. We will continue to practice what we have been, much of which involves me prompting her to explain something in French, and helping her with what she is trying to say as she goes."