Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on translating sentences from English to French pertaining to the comparisons "more than, less than," and "as much as" in French. I also pointed out that "aussi que" can be shortened to "si que" even though we stuck with "aussi que" for this session. We began a project in which the boys must each choose a famous French fashion designer. The first student chose Jean Paul Gaultier, and the second student chose Yves Saint Laurent. I prioritized the assignment in the following order: 1) study the style of the designer, 2) choose four photos (2 male, 2 female) portraying the designer's work, 3) describe the style of the designer using the chosen photos, 4) explain why/how the designer became known in the United States, and 5) prepare the mechanics of the presentation if software like PowerPoint is used."
"After introductions and some general questions from me about the student's French class, class size, time of day, frequency of meeting, his seat in class, and so on, we worked on his current material. We reviewed and practiced some previous material - the alphabet and the accented letters in French; the numbers 1-30; and some common greetings and questions/responses between students and between students and adults (formal vs. informal address). We finished with the student completing his homework, which was two exercises from the textbook. The session went well. He was polite but relaxed, engaged, and responsive. He was pleased with the session, and seemed to look forward to the next time."
"We covered counting 1 to 20. The student got an A on her quiz for conjugating tre. She had no problem pronouncing the words. I had her count out loud and then write them down. She was the most confident counting in order, so I would give her random numbers out of order to test her for one exercise. She was very confident and did not need much guidance completing those."
"The student and I worked on basic French conversational skills and basic vocabulary, especially the verb "avoir." We had her do some speaking and responding to my questions, and she also practiced typing out sentences to work on her spelling skills. She struggles a bit with pronunciation, but she seems to have a good grasp of basic grammar so far."
"The student did a superb job this evening with impersonal expressions followed by the indicative and impersonal expressions followed by the subjunctive. In particular he demonstrated a strong command of vocabulary in the ease with which he handled the French-to-English translations. Great job tonight!"
"Great job on the speaking part of the AP. Please keep working on the expressions with faire (faire la vaisselle, faire la poussiere, faire du velo...). We will keep working on picture sequences on Sunday and add some listening comprehension, as well as pronunciation of nasal sounds in French such as en/an, on, oin, in/ain, e/eu/eux, o/au/eau."