Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the verbs Ser/Estar from previous lessons and started adding past tense verbs in the conversation. We did Tener, Ser, Estar and Hacer (irregular verbs) and used them as a conversation base. The regular verbs were also introduced using past tense. The student learned a lot today and was able to simplify sentences using the proper forms given. Today's class was fun!"
"The student and I went over the assignment I left with him last session and we worked on making sure sentences have verbs. We continued to practice verb conjugation with a game and formed some sentences in context to answer questions. For our next session, I will prepare some more food vocabulary cards for the student to practice, as he requested some more vocabulary words. He will prepare a minimum 10 sentence story for me about going on an adventure of some kind. I will also email him back tonight with any notes I have for his group script as he gave it to me near the end of our session. The student has a great attitude about Spanish and really seems to enjoy the practice. He is eager to learn and to expand his vocabulary. He continues to be a pleasure to work with."
"We started on the textbook for children. We got almost to the third chapter and went over such factors as how to say the ABCs in Spanish, different family members, phrases if introduction and the question words. We also talked about many grammatical and word meaning aspects."
"We reviewed the vocabulary for objects around the house and then introduced the grammatical concept of verb, and the distinction between the two verbs for "to be" in Spanish, ser and estar, as well as some basic adjectives that go with each. We used songs to help the student remember how to conjugate each one, and then we practiced asking each other questions about people we know or fictional characters using conjugated forms of ser/estar."
"Today, we reviewed "tener + que" and "ir +a". Then, we learned some new verbs that were taught last semester (necesitar, ver, terminar). The girls did an excellent job and are pretty comfortable with "tener que " and "ir + a". We will continue to practice these two concepts for a few more sessions as well as move on to some new material that the class learned in the fall before the students started school."
"Reviewed weather vocabulary. Covered regular conjugation for the future tense as well as irregular conjugation. Struggled a little bit with the regular and irregular verbs and the differences in conjugation. Regular verbs change the ending. Irregular verbs will change the stem as well as the ending, but without a pattern."
"We went over subject pronouns, including when to use the informal v. formal forms of you (tu and usted). Then we covered the definitions of what an infinitive is and what conjugating means, and then went over the different kinds of verbs there are in Spanish (AR, ER, IR), and went over the AR present tense verb conjugations. We practiced with some common AR verbs (I had her practice conjugating different verbs for different subjects) and I had her pronounce all of the verbs on a list of common AR verbs I sent her. Finally, we started covering how to form questions in Spanish. We talked about the different question words and focused especially on which context to use que v. cual for saying "what". We also went over some basic Spanish conversational phrases (hello, my name is, what does this mean, etc.)."
"The student and I studied her new vocabulary and I helped her come up with creative ways to remember the words."
"This was the student's last session. We reviewed the material learned from day one up until today. Conversational session: He produced questions using different verb tenses. Discussed the differences between "ser" vs "estar", "saber" vs "conocer", and "por" vs "para". I recommended a textbook to continue studying Spanish and I also recommended that he listen to songs in Spanish while reading the lyrics."
"During this session, we continued to go over the review guide of concepts we've learned throughout the past few months. The main topic we went over today was a review of the vocabulary we've learned. I have given the guys a lot of vocabulary, and I think it will be quite overwhelming for them to try to learn all of it by next Wednesday. We went over the pronunciation of various words as well as words they had questions on. Finally we selected the most important words that they wanted to be on the exam. We played a quick game to test them, but this weekend will be the most important for memorizing and learning the vocabulary well. We also further discussed the basic difference between ser and estar verbs. We did some examples together and I also handed out a worksheet. The guys seemed to do very well with this worksheet and understand the concept."
"The student has an exam on Wednesday. We worked on the contraction of a and el and de and el to form al and del. we did practice exercises from his Spanish book as well as my Spanish book. The student worked on two reading passages in Spanish where he identified the use of al, del, as well as the uses of a plus las, los, la, and the uses of de plus las, los, and la. We also reviewed his science extra credit essay. Excellent session."
"Today we primarily went over ir/er verbs and conjugation, and irregular ar/er/ir verbs. We also practiced reading out loud from the Twilight book in Spanish."