Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I reviewed adjective phrases and prepositional phrases, a topic he had struggled with in the previous lesson. We practiced by translating several examples, a method that has met with great success in the past, and by discussing the differences between English and French grammar. At one point, he commented that it was necessary to change your way of thinking in order to speak another language, which I found very insightful.Then, we started reading Corneille's "Cinna," which we shall be working on for the next couple of weeks. Great lesson."
"Today, we covered more "negations" in order to specify not just "not" but also never, nothing, nobody, no more, and not yet. This was a little challenging, as nothing and nobody have an odd structural exception. Next, we are going to go over medical vocabulary, medical common phrases, and pronunciation. It will be mixed in with our other lessons."
"Today, we reviewed reflexive forms and the passe compose. I demonstrated how the reflexive verbs can be used in all varieties of mood and tense without it altering the basic reflexive structure. For the past tense, previously, he had worked on ER passe compose verbs that take avoir, and he performed very well on these tasks. Now, he has begun er etre verbs that take modified endings to agree with the subject. He states the material can sometimes feel challenging, but the I consistently see excellent progress and accuracy. He is doing very well."
"Today, we reviewed some phrases that the student has been working on. Our main focus today was looking at the verb faire and expressions using faire and avoir. She is beginning to internalize some of the French grammar. Continued study of vocabulary using flashcards will be beneficial for increasing her vocabulary. Also, I plan to increase her speaking skills by holding small conversations."
"Today, we reviewed vocabulary for family members and daily activities. We worked more on practicing spoken French. Also, we introduced some new vocabulary for greetings, times of day, and common ways of forming questions and statements. The student seemed to gain confidence in pronouncing French."
"Today's class covered more animals and colors. The student went through three lessons on those topics and was tested at the end of each chapter. We also watched French cartoons and two French travel videos. She also had a pop quiz, which she scored well on (5/5). It was a great class; she's retaining information very well. Our next class will be on Friday."