Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we continued working on the forms of the relative pronoun. She had another worksheet to complete, but since she didn't have all the forms memorized yet, we started out by doing some online practice with flashcards. We went through the flashcards and then she played the game where the English meanings fly by on the screen and you have to type in the Latin before it's gone. This engaged her competitive instincts, and we spent a while on this, with a lot of repetition of the various forms. After doing much practice, she did well on the worksheet, and was able to correct her mistakes when prompted for errors."
"We began our session with a review of nouns, adjectives, and verbs and Student 1 and Student 2 gave examples of each. We also reviewed Latin verb endings and their corresponding subjects. I asked them each to fill in a chart of Latin verb endings and subjects so they had their own chart to reference throughout the session. We read a cartoon in "Minimus: Starting out Latin" introducing verbs for different tasks servants might perform in a Roman household. As we read, I asked the students to identify verb endings and subjects in the cartoon. Next, I introduced verb conjugation by writing out the present tense conjugation chart for a Latin verb on the dry erase board. For each verb form, I asked them to identify the subject and then translate. Student 2 did very well in this exercise but Student 1 struggled a bit. I gave Student 1 more verb forms, helped her identify the verb endings and corresponding subjects, and then we translated each form together. While Student 1 and I worked together, Student 2 began making flashcards for the set of Latin verbs introduced in the chapters we've read in "Minimus: Starting out Latin." We concluded our session by reading the myth of Pandora's box."
"Continued to review verb forms via a verb synopsis; reviewed participle forms and other important constructions via translation practice"
"The student and I worked through lesson 5 (chapter 4). The chapter translation emphasized participles, so we spent additional time reviewing present, future, and perfect active and passive participle forms and associated translations. He had some difficulty breaking down the participle forms at hand, but his intuitive translation skills aided him in determining tense and voice. He did an excellent job identifying the tense of the indicative verbs we encountered. We began working through the chapter 5 translation, which highlights the various uses of indirect statements. We haven't worked with indirect statements much since he learned them quite early on in the text, so we reviewed the Latin formula for indirect statements, discussed the differences between indirect and direct statements, and talked about various translation options. I had him read indirect statements (in Latin) and identify the 3 key components (verb of saying/promising, accusative subject, infinitive verb) in each. He quickly caught on, and I imagine that he will have an easier time working through the chapter 5 translation assignment as a result."
"The student and I began our session by discussing basic elements of Latin, including the use of cases and the role of word order. After reviewing the meanings behind the cases, we covered some of the forms. He was comfortable with the memorized endings but didn't understand how to apply them to the actual language. So we worked on identifying grammar structures in English, and once he became slightly more comfortable with the forms in Latin, we translated part of a story together so that he could apply them to Latin. After working on nouns, we had a short lesson on verbs (which included naming and identifying Latin tenses). Just as with nouns, we worked first with English grammar and then moved onto translating them in Latin via a story translation. My main goal with the student is to reinforce his understanding of grammar points while placing them in a wider context that will help him understand why he is working with the Latin in a certain way. Hopefully, as his understanding and confidence grow, he will be more forthcoming about what he understands and what he does not."
"As is becoming the norm, the student brought his A-game to tutoring again today. First, we tackled the various uses of the ablative. Then, after he efficiently and effectively plowed through those, we returned to our review of Latin participles. He did a terrific job today!"