Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We studied basic Spanish pronunciation and accent rules. We also studied the differences between ser and estar, and we reviewed vocabulary. The student will continue to study his vocabulary for the next session. He's doing very well."
"We practiced vocabulary and grammar from the chapter in the student's Spanish text that he'll be tested on next week. We began by making more matching Spanish/English index cards using the words which we hadn't practiced last week. I set aside the English cards and had him sort the Spanish cards into two categories: family and objects. He then chose a card at random from the family pile and had to describe in Spanish how that person was related to him. This was excellent practice and allowed us both to see where he needed clarification or more practice. It also led to a discussion of when to use "es" and "son." From there we reviewed "tener __ anos". We ended the session by using all of the cards to play a round of Concentration."
"We started by reviewing verbs. After some review, I had the boys play charades and they had fun acting out verbs and creating sentences with them. We then began covering new ground. I taught them about prepositions of place (next to, under, above, behind, etc.) The boys were confused at first but they eventually got the concept. We started implementing the new words with the verbs we have covered in the past, and the boys were able to translate and create very concrete sentences. Overall, they understood and handled the new concept well."
"This session, we worked on the student's new vocabulary list. The student was much more prepared going into the session, so she was able to remember the words more easily. We started by going from Spanish to English and then from English to Spanish. I gave her question words to memorize for next session."
"In today's session, we introduced the use of the verbs saber y conocer (to know), and their applications in different scenarios. Although the student looks for the way to understand the use of these verbs in Spanish, comparing them to the English, he will need to develop several exercises to understand them better. In the next session, we will continue studying these verbs. He continued practicing reading, comprehension, pronunciation, and translation, along with the new study material."
"Today was a great lesson again. The student and I reviewed some vocabulary and phrases involved with giving directions. We then formalized our knowledge of the command tense by making a chart and filling in the forms for the regular verbs in the command tense. We did this while we finished page 181 of the workbook, parts A, B, and C."