Step 4: Identify Thought Process
She began by saying that she completely doesn’t understand the verb tenses that the teacher was going over in class, which she will be tested on in the final exam. She kept looking at her watch during the 30 minute session which told me that she is very impatient and in a hurry to get out as opposed to perhaps really understand the material. So to get her to pay more attention, I asked her to identify which verb tenses are used in which cases in French and what do they mean if translated into English from French. By having her talk through the uses of each verb tense I was able to figure out what she doesn’t understand and how I can help her understand it better.
Set an agenda for the session:
Our goal for the short session was to review some of the French verb tenses, primarily various kinds of future and conditional, and make sure that the client understands which tense is used in which case. First, we used her textbook for explanations and examples, and then I had her tell me which tenses will be used in the examples I presented to her.
Addressing the task:
I explained to the student what each verb tense translates to in English, as a review and an enhancement for what the teacher taught her. As a follow up, during the session, I wrote down several sentences which included tenses such as: futur anterieur, futur simple, conditionnel et conditionnel passe, but left the space where the verb has to go, blank. As such, the student will have to fill in the blank with the correct verb tense and conjugated; in this way, practicing what she had already known.
Have the client summarize:
This was the most important step of the session. And even though, my client was still in a hurry to leave, I encouraged her to focus and reiterate what she had learned during the session i.e. what (for example) the verb in futur anterieur means when translated into English and so on and so forth. As she was explaining in to me, she also wrote it down so she has it for reference when studying for a test.