Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued work on his writing assignments from last week. He did a great job with his short story. All that needed correcting was a few typos and grammar mistakes. Overall, it was a great effort on his part. We also looked at his essay. The essay had larger grammar mistakes but was much more free form and complex than the short story so this is to be expected. He did a really nice job on these assignments."
"We reviewed and took a test on family relationships, possessive pronouns, and endings for possessive pronouns. Her recall process takes a bit, but that is a common problem with beginning German. Keep practicing vocabulary and pronoun endings!"
"We went over homework which was to conjugate 10 ir verbs and use them in a sentence. We worked on irregular ir verbs and passe compose for both etre and avoir verbs. Homework for next time is to work on verbs avoir, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir, and recevoir."
"In today's session, we revised various names of stores and I introduced a few more vocabulary and sentence structures (to buy, ways to indicate quantities, where questions, etc.). We'll practice using these questions and answers more next time."
"For practice we discussed her job and she described her passengers on flights and shared stories about her experiences; we did idiomatic expressions using animals to describe people and things and put them into the context of sentences. We read and discussed a news article from today's newspaper online. We also reviewed grammar rules for pronouns, complements and in which order they go (triangle chart, song) and did practice exercises."
"The student has a verb quiz tomorrow over past and present subjunctive, so today was spent going over practice sentences. We did a little review of when to use past subjunctive and when to use present. I provided some common expressions that he may see on his quiz tomorrow. He has a very good basis, it's just the conjugations of some irregular verbs that he will need to study."
"Today we spent the first 10 minutes of class working on the poem the student is translating, "Plein Ciel" by Jules Superveille. Then we spent the rest of the hour on the future tense. I asked the student to conjugate the future tense of avoir on the board, and he was able to do so. Then we moved on to aller. I asked the student to conjugate aller in present, imperfect, and passe compose, and he did so. Then I gave him the future tense root for aller and asked him to generate the future tense on the board. He did so and then copied the conjugation to take it home to memorize. We did a little drill with the future tense, with negatives and inverted questions"
"We continued present tense of common irregular verbs, then we covered regular -er verb conjugations, concentrating on verbs that may be useful while travelling (visiter, rester, couter, chercher, trouver) and an activity using regular -er verbs and the irregular verbs. We then went on to stem-changing -er verbs which we will practice using next time. We will continue to practice using present tense conjugation throughout the sessions. The student, as always, was attentive and quick to pick up on everything. For practice for next time I assigned writing out verb conjugations and pronouncing them for practice so that verb conjugation will begin to come easily without much hesitation."
"We discussed the student's questions over the chapter. We discussed her test and reviewed her goals. We practiced chapter 10 vocab with a game-type of exercise and reviewed her class composition."
"In today's session, we covered the rest of unit 4. The student and I went through the review sheet for unit 4. We then worked through the dialogue of unit 5 and the personal questions for that section. I asked her to study months of the year and animals for homework."
"The student and I 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. We also did a section where I called out the persons (e.g., "je"), and she gave me the verb and its spelling. For next session, she is to compile a list of masculine and feminine vocabulary and review her future tense and vocabulary cards."
"Today we went mainly over what she already knows in German and what she would like to learn, then we started coming up with a road map for what we would like to achieve in our next sessions."