Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During the session, we corrected some reading and comprehension exercises about vacations. We spent most of the session on oral expression. The student had to explained me in French the different finals she had, what subjects she had, what the essays were about, etc. She is still hesitant when she talks, but she's good at identifying her own mistakes, and auto-corrects herself. For our next session I asked her to write a little essay about her vacations."
"Today we covered family vocabulary. We created a family tree of the student's family and discussed relationships between family members in French. For example, "la fille de ma tante est ma _____" or in English, "the daughter of my aunt is my _____." We also did some reviewing, and discussed study techniques to help her memorize the numbers that she had been having some trouble doing. One such technique is to make small math problems with the numbers in French."
"Today, the student and I worked on revision of last lesson on presentation, nationalities, and grammar. We are working on verbs ending in er, reading, and pronunciation."
"Today, the student and I worked on introductions, hello and goodbye. We also went over restaurant, directions, and commercial area Q&A. We worked on pronunciation. He imitated my words perfectly when he heard them, but reading French can be tricky, since there are so many exceptions on when to pronounce a vowel a certain way, or whether or not to pronounce a consonant. We will continue to work on this. He was enthusiastic and excited about the material. I recommended listening over reading, as that will give more insight into what's being said, rather than seeing a conversation in text form. I asked him to give the Telefrance 2 channel website a gander. They offer a good blend of video and written news, and the pronunciation is a great model for learning the language."
"The student and I read a book about a red apple and the friendships it causes. We also began to write our own story about a cat in search of a butterfly. The student is very creative and has patience to copy the spelling of certain words. We will play a board game next time."
"I spent a full hour with the student on Sunday. When I arrived, he was very immersed in a game of Monopoly, so I decided to use his (very amusing) competitive streak to our advantage. While continuing to play, I chose some key grammatical phrases and vocabulary words that we could exchange repetitively over the course of the game. We practiced forming and answering questions, using the board when necessary. I'd like to follow up on these structures next session to solidify new learning."