Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was my first session with this student today, and he's had no experience in learning Mandarin, so we started with the very basics, the 4 tones. I taught him what these 4 tones are and how to identify and say these 4 tones correctly. Then we moved on to basic greetings, such as: hello, how are you? I'm good, thanks, and you? and good bye. He only wants to learn conversational Chinese, so we focused on how to make sentences more effectively and correct pronunciation. It was a good session; he learned quickly. The homework is to keep practice 4 tones and basic greeting dialog."
"The student and I reviewed for exam in indirect and direct objects and past tenses. Then we did some conversation practice. I would like to get her doing more creative, open ended activities, so we began by trying to write a story to practice verb conjugations."
"Today Student A and I continued working on a class presentation about cultural diversity in Amerindian cultures, focusing on writing and speaking. Today Student B and I reviewed cardinal numbers (reading and writing) and also vocabulary related with day-to-day situations."
"We reviewed many of the verb tenses that we have covered, including the present, present progressive, and future tenses as well as the circumstances for using each. We practiced er/ir verbs in the preterite, especially the verb "ver." We went over the personal "a" and adjective agreement. We ended with going over basic conversation-starter phrases to use in Spanish. The student is progressing very well. He is becoming more fluid in his conversational speech."
"The student and I worked on memorizing days of the week and the seasons. We then used these in sentences, questions, and answers. She also learned vocabulary related to the home. I asked her to write three sentences using the days of the week for the following session."
"The student was assigned to a watch a video in Chinese, fill in the missing words, and get 500 points out of it. The video was a street interview among youngsters in China. I helped her through it. Then I introduced her to some Chinese slang. After that we watched several videos from an American who could speak relatively good Chinese."