Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student has just returned from Colombia and is interested in learning the language as a traveler, I asked her to tell me what during her travels she felt most like she wanted to be able to express. She told me that her greatest impediment to initiating conversation with native speakers was not knowing how to ask certain staple questions (e.g., How do I get to . . .?), so today we began with interrogatives (e.g., ¿Adonde? ¿Cuando?). I explained the meaning of each, then gave her some example questions in which to use them. I asked her to memorize the interrogative words by our next session, and I'm going to use them to start building her traveler's lexicon, and grammar will come along the way. She still remembers some things, such as gender and number rules for nouns and adjectives and the conjugations of regular verbs."
"The student and I worked on his Spanish for the coming week. He has a quiz on Friday on the imperfect. I also reviewed his English homework after finishing his Spanish."
"During this class, the student and I discussed San Manuel Bueno, Martir, a short novel he read for homework."