Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked for a while at the I Spy book, focusing on counting and colors, with which he did very well. I introduced other vocabulary words (particularly animal names). We also played a matching game, again focusing on color words. The students did a great job with their homework, labeling rooms and furniture in the house. They used a Spanish dictionary app to look up the words on their own. Then we brainstormed a vocabulary list of Halloween words. This included discussions of some Spanish letters (n, ll) and a quick introduction to the conjugation of regular -ar verbs. I then presented a few facts about the differences between Halloween and the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Both children were engaged and willing to try to pronounce new words. Homework for next week is to watch videos (I will email the links) and label the parts of the body drawing that I gave them."
"Sentence structure and verb review. Compiled a list of about 20 common verbs that the student didn't know well. Reviewed his text chapter, doing in depth analysis of sentence structure and interpretation strategies"
"We started with a quiz on the use of reflexive pronouns and verbs. We went over reflexives (when/how to use them) and then finished with the student's questions from last session. Since we are not meeting this Friday, the student will do Lesson 5 on her own and we will review it together the next time we meet."
"The student has been adept at remembering his verbs and learning new vocabulary in Spanish. He has a test on Thursday that I believe he is well prepared for. He should study his verbs and vocabulary in the context of sentences (for example, in the textbook) to help him study for his test."
"This session the student and I spent a lot of time conversing freely. We engaged in dialogues and role-playing exercises. I tested the student's auditory and verbal language skills through telling her a story, and then asking subsequent questions to gauge how much information was retained and understood (excellent results - about 90% of questions were answered correctly). Then we went over last session's homework. At home, I asked the student to expand the last task, and put together at least 5 sentences to include the latest grammar components and vocabulary: 1. introduce a person by relationship. 2. tell their name using conjugated pronouns. 3. tell what this person likes."
"Today, I made the students take a quiz on the important verbs, conjugations, articles, and a little of nationalities and members of the family to assess their level and reinforce on the parts they have more trouble with. They did very well."
"We reviewed direct and indirect object pronouns, their uses, and different ways to place them in sentences. I gave the student a worksheet, and I showed him examples that included auxiliary verbs. We studied some of the new vocabulary words. We ended our session going over the preterite and the imperfect once again. I saw an amazing improvement in his ability to recognize their uses and conjugations. I can tell that he is studying and working hard. It shows."
"The student needed to review the usage of past participles and how they can be used sometimes as adjectives. We reviewed all the regular uses and then we covered the irregulars as well. Then, we went back a chapter to review the uses of commands. We covered all four types of commands. She felt better at the end, and I left her with the homework of reviewing her vocabulary work."
"First meeting. Went over vocabulary and evaluated his knowledge in Spanish fluency. Wants to practice speaking and learn more grammar. Student seem eager to learn. Suggested listening to dome tapes he had with him and to practice speaking to his cousins. Left homework - write a paragraph describing the U.S. in Spanish and to practice set, estan, ir and make sentences with those verbs. Student wants to learn as much as possible in less than a month before moving to Hungary."
"The student and I worked on conjugating verbs in the preterit tense. We covered irregular as well as regular verbs. After we practiced those we did her homework. She feels very confident for her test today and did a great job with the homework that she had."
"Today we went over a mix of vocabulary for the outdoors that was some old and some new. This includes things like trees, rivers etc. In addition, we warmed up with a vocabulary and verb review. We practiced our reading skills and she is doing really well. I left her with two worksheets for practice."
"I helped the student prepare for a quiz he had the next day. We worked on vocabulary and grammar relating to telling time."