Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I finished our reading of Moliere's "Don Juan" and did an in depth lesson on the passe compose and the difference between that and the imparfait. For next week, I have assigned him four chapters of Camus' "L'etranger," and we will dive deeper into the imparfait."
"Today, the student and I read a bit of The Cinna, reviewed adjective/prepositional phrases, and went over the causative tense. While the grammar work went well and showcased his progress, he struggled with the Cinna. At one point, he said "I understand the words but can't put them together," which makes senses given that archaic French is quite different from today's. As such, I plan on working on strategies for reading difficult or old texts next time in addition to the grammar work, which he has requested. Furthermore, I'm planning on bringing a chapter from a different book so we can pull grammar points from that."
"Today, the student learned to tell time in French. After this lesson, we practiced on a paper clock by moving the hands around and telling the time in French. Additionally, I taught her words for appliances and furniture in French, and we made flashcards together. To wrap up our lesson, she once again read aloud from Le Petit Prince, and I helped with pronunciation and translation. She recognizes more and more words in the text every day!"
"Today, the student read different storybooks in English, (sometimes made up her own story) and I translated them into French. Occasionally I focused on specific words that might interest her the most, but primarily we wanted her to get used to hearing French. She was again, most receptive and willing to reproduce words when we talked about things she cared about, in this case snacks. She remembered the word for strawberries from last week and enthusiastically added "banana" to her vocabulary. She really enjoys making stories, so next week, I hope to interactively work on more stories with her and complete some drawing activities."
"Today, we began by reviewing the student's vocabulary from last week. The main points we covered included the verb 'to be' in French, and an overview of regular -er verbs. She is already able to construct phrases and questions herself from the vocabulary. Additionally, she is now equipped to ask questions about vocabulary to her husband. For practice, she can look over the regular -er verbs grammar again and listen to the dialogue."
"Today, we covered 'La concordance des temps,' le discours indirect, and les pronoms 'y' et 'en.' The students responded well to the exercises as we tried to vary their format: oral productions, written assignments, and listening comprehension. This time, we did written assignments. I constructed the session around la concordance des temps and its uses, which gives perspective to the students on its positions and value in the language in general. The students have homework for next time. It was a good session. Each session helps me to reassess and adjust the students' needs and conduct an effective class that caters to them."