Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with student #1 first, playing the "De Que Esta Hecho" game first. I spoke mostly Spanish to him today, only clarifying in English if he had questions. Of course, some of the game is self-explanatory, but I kept up a running commentary in Spanish to reinforce words and sounds he's been learning. We set up the game along one whole side of the table, and the requirement to move around a bit to get to different parts of the game seemed to help keep his interest longer than had been possible in the last couple of sessions. With student #2 and student #3, I moved on to adjectives and full sentences today. I had them write sentences to describe different things from our flashcards, first the colors of fruits, and then characteristics of people. I was able to introduce some new vocabulary (words for "to be" and some adjectives), point out the differences in verb conjugations according to subject, and especially showing how adjectives must agree in gender and number to the words they modify. Both of them wrote an entire page of sentences and translations. We spent the last few minutes playing a dice game. They had remembered the game vocabulary from last week very well."
"During today's session, I worked with the student for one hour. We worked through his homework, and I followed this structure: (1) The student wrote down all words he did not know in a passage and looked them up before reading, (2) I read the passage out loud while the student followed, (3) The student read the passage out loud, and (4) the student translated the passage. This way, I can help build the student's vocabulary, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension all at the same time. For homework, I left the student with a short passage to translate."
"We went over a quiz the student took on the verb 'estar' and then prepared a little for her upcoming midterm. I sent her some links that will help her with the audio and vocab portions of her tests. We also worked on describing items that can be found in a classroom."