Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This time we covered stem changing Spanish verbs like usar, jugar and cerrar. We covered the basic changes verbs with this vowels become. Then I had the student conjugate about 35 verbs for me which he did with no problem. We went over some reading text that needed to be completed with these verbs. He also did this with no problem, selecting the correct verb for the sentence and conjugating it the correct form. Then, we worked on positive and negative adjectives, which he will be covering in school this week. As always he is a fast learner and was able to pick up these new concepts quite easily."
"The student and I had a great first session where we reviewed stem changing verbs in the preterite. We conjugated all of the verbs listed in his unit and created charts for these. In making the charts, I pointed out irregularities with certain verbs in the third person singular such as "hacer." These charts will assist him as he prepares for his upcoming test. In addition to reviewing regular preterite stem changers, we went over all of the irregular verbs listed in his book such as tener, andar, producir, conducir, etc. For our next session, he will be speaking with his teacher to have an idea of the upcoming items that will be covered in class. This way, when he and I meet, I will be able to introduce some of topics before he learns them in class. This will help him to be familiar and get ahead in the class."
"We reviewed the rules for conjugating regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in the present tense and did some practice exercises with each type of verb. We then moved on to some irregular verbs in the present tense, which will be on the first exam. We briefly talked about stem-changing verbs and did a little bit of practice. We then went over some of the online assignments she has for the course; the student read them aloud to practice her pronunciation (part of her grade for Spanish 201 is for speaking ability, so speaking practice is important), and we practiced some of the new vocabulary for the current lesson. I made a packet of additional exercises for her to work on if she wants extra practice with verb conjugations. We will continue spending some time reviewing and practicing grammar and vocabulary and some time reviewing her homework assignments."
"This was our first session, so we spoke in Spanish about common everyday things, with a probe into past events. The student has an excellent base, remembers past concepts and vocabulary well, and is able to make himself understood and negotiate meaning when he does not understand something. We worked on circumlocution, describing or explaining what he wants to get across instead of translating to English, an essential step to communicating with native speakers who are not familiar with English. English clearly interferes with his Spanish pronunciation, so we will work on improving his accent and strategies for negotiating meaning in Spanish. I agree with his previous teachers on not relying on google translate but showed him a better site which allows students to look for translation with a more accurate meaning. He summarized his summer reading for me. I am looking for authentic materials which may still be understandable but more engaging."
"We worked on understand when to and when not to conjugate verbs. We drilled vocabulary and we discussed using Spanish grammar context clues."
"Today the student and I continued reviewing T.S. Eliot's poetry for her oral that will take place tomorrow. She needed help with extracting Eliot's purposes in the poems and with piecing together the pieces of imagery to form an understanding of the poem. She had a great attitude and has been putting in a lot of effort. I left her with resources related to all of the poems so that she can remind herself of their different elements while she studies and prepares."