Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed future ideas for tutoring sessions and goals we'd like to achieve. We then began with a few minutes of conversation in Spanish, discussing future plans and what we did over the weekend. Today's tutoring session focused mainly on the relative pronouns que, quien, a quien and el que, la que, los que, las que and their cual counterparts. We discussed when and where to use each of these pronouns and we did several example questions relating to each. We finished today's session with a few minutes of discussion about the preposition "a" and it's many uses. We ended with a few practice problems asking when to use the preposition "a.""
"We covered how to properly respond to clients in Spanish and the most commonly used phrases the student encounters. I reviewed her basic language ability and was able to jump in right away. She listened very well and asked very good questions."
"We talked about Easter and some other traditions in the US; we based our conversation on that, with a bit of emphasis in writing about Christmas. I also gave the student a reading about the Easter Rabbit in which we reviewed new vocabulary. He also asked me some questions about a writing that he did in his free time. He asked me to prepare some exercises about the use of the relative pronouns, and we are going to talk about cultural differences between Mexico and US."
"The student and I began the session by reviewing the items she had done on her own since our last session: conjugations for regular and some irregular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs; children's books she had checked out from the library to read (Curious George, etc.), and music she had listened to. We then practiced some conversation. This led to a discussion of gustar and similar verbs (i.e. encantar, fascinar, alegrar). We reviewed the rules for using gustar and went through a number of examples utilizing both the singular and plural forms of the verbs and the different pronouns (me, te, le, nos, os, les). We ended with a discussion of reflexive verbs and how they are used and the structure of the conjugated verb used with the appropriate pronouns (me, te, se, nos, os, se). We also discussed what we would review in future sessions, including more conversational expressions. Overall, very well done!"
"During this session, I reviewed the student's homework with her. She did very well in the translation exercises and answered the questions in "Easy Spanish Reader" correctly and with complete sentences. For homework, I asked her to complete exercises 17-23 to 17-25, and chapter 10 and Repaso 2 from "Easy Spanish Reader.""
"The student and I focused on verb conjugation this evening. For the oral presentation, she is required to demonstrate advanced grammatical interaction. Since the questions will focus in some part on her writing about competitive dance, we used the verbs from this piece as a springboard, conjugating all of the irregulars in charts covering future, conditional, preterite, and imperfect. She also charted out regular conjugation for -ar and -ir/-er in these tenses. We also reviewed the remaining homework. Between now and our meeting tomorrow, I've asked her to work on saying these verbs out loud and reading the essay out loud to help reduce pronunciation issues during the presentation. We will meet tomorrow to continue preparation."