Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First I worked briefly with the student on some mathematics homework. Next I helped him put together a Mandarin presentation on weather. We reviewed a new grammatical construction (A not A, a way to ask yes or no questions) and I gave him homework to practice it. I also went over his homework from the previous session, which he did well on."
"The students all learned to say furniture and objects in a room setting, such as lights, wall, door, bed, blanket, and pillow. They made their own diagrams and practiced writing by drawing their dream room and labeling it with the Chinese characters/pinyin."
"In today's session, I began by recapping the basic pronunciations that we worked on two weeks ago. After going through chapters 1-8, I wanted to practice a conversation to get the student up and moving a bit. We used the conversation prompts that her previous tutor created and chatted back and forth in Chinese. She still struggles with memorizing the terms/phrases on the conversation prompts, so if she could continue practicing these at home with a parent, that would be great. After this, we continued with the pronunciation workbook and made it through chapter 12. I will pick up next week by moving through a couple more chapters in that workbook and using flash cards to teach the student some common foods."
"We focused on vocab which included: different type of cars, instruments, trees and natural disasters. He also reviewed all the previous lessons. Everything is going well."
"Today the students and I learned a Chinese song/nursery rhyme. I had them read the four lines and translate the song into English. Then, we said the words out loud, said them to the rhythm of the song, and then eventually sang it. They liked watching the video that accompanied it. By the end of the session everyone had learned the whole song. I also taught everyone "Happy Birthday" as it was one of the student's birthday and we had a little bit more time."
"The student had more confidence in his class today because of all the practices we did in previous sessions. He still has some problems recognizing characters due to his lack of understanding of Chinese characters' symbols. We went through some of the symbols from lesson 12 on his textbook, and he seems to have better understanding of the new vocabulary. He likes the sheet I gave him that shows the difference of Traditional and Simplified characters. We both agreed to keep focusing on memorizing vocabulary for a few more sessions."