Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we were practicing how to order food in a restaurant and how to make a reservation. We review just a little bit of vocabulary. I am going to send the student a lot of vocabulary so whenever she has time to memorize it, she will do it. She has an excellent pronunciation and she memorizes things quickly, so she goes really fast. The extra practice more than anything is to learn vocabulary because is what she needs right now."
"We discussed the student's goals for tutoring, which include brushing up on the Spanish she already knows, and building more vocabulary and syntax so that she can converse comfortably with locals in Spain. We discussed how to conjugate -ar, -ir, and -er verbs, and covered the difference between "ser" and "estar." She had a couple great questions about vocabulary and pronunciation, which I agreed to take home and look up so that I could explain them more fully. She agreed to practice verb conjugations and pronunciation before our next session."
"During this session, I continued to work on ser vs. estar with the student. We reviewed his homework. He mentioned that exercise 4 (fill in the blank) was particularly difficult, but he only got 4 answers wrong. We then began to correct exercise 5 (translate the sentence), and he used the verb "to be" correctly in most of the exercise, with minor grammatical errors. For homework, I asked him to prepare for an oral exercise that he will complete during our next session."
"The student and I reviewed the rest of the chapters from the textbook he used last year. We reviewed his vocabulary and the preterite tense. We also took a look at one of the books he will be using for this coming school year and did one of the exercises from it as a preview. We will continue to work on his skills with conjugation and vocabulary recognition."
"Today I covered with the student all of the uses of Ser and Estar. I covered all of the various uses for the two verbs and we spent the lesson going over all of those uses while simultaneously practicing vocabulary by having her translate sentences that used ser and estar in different contexts. She did very well with this subject, as expected, but she was able to polish up her knowledge of these two important verbs and learns some new uses for them - as well as some exceptions where the traditional rules for their use does not apply. We spent the last part of our lesson in conversation about school so that she could practice speaking and hear me speak. This also gave us a good chance to practice vocabulary central to this topic. She did very well and is getting better with speaking as she goes on."
"We went over the rest of the chapter in our textbook. There were many colors and adjectives, sentence structures, and ways of giving directions. Then, we watched the video of "Habla Espanol." We are working on developing the student's ear."