Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The girls and I today worked on vocabulary related to the park. It's nice to see they are more comfortable with me with each session we have together. It is a pleasure to work with sweet kids like these, and I am happy to contribute in whatever way possible to their understanding of the English language."
"Yesterday the student decided to change tacks on how the lessons should go. He found a website with learning materials that he really liked. It is focused on current events, and this provides an opportunity for the student to both work on his pronunciation (which is getting much better) and start conversations where the student is forced to discuss. The conversation was engaging and interesting."
"We continued to review daily routines by talking about the times of day the student does certain activities. She learned about different sports, and the action verb associated with each sport (hit, throw, kick, etc.). She enjoyed acting out each action word, doing sentence completion fill-in-the-blank worksheets, and reading the related story, "Alien Sports." We ended the lesson by playing "I Spy.""
"We talked about our weekend activities, a little about religion, politics, and dress code. We confirmed that the student had looked at the resource site I emailed her and that she would do a little of that when she has the time, and I will look for something for her specifically about difficult singular/ plural words in English. We will meet again on Weds and Friday this week."
"It has been a pleasure to work with this student. He has a good base in English and can communicate well. He has high listening comprehension and asks for clarification when needed. He is able to pronounce the sounds, but sometimes defaults to an /s/ when rushing or will skip or mumble an unknown word. He is aware of the past tense in English and can read well. He would benefit from more practice speaking in the past (narration) and asking questions. Writing summaries would also assist him to practice irregular past tense. Great progress!"
"The student and I had our typical discussion session. We covered her day, including several new vocabulary terms about summer and the beach, and then we discussed regular and irregular verbs. We also revisited past and present tense."
"Today we had strong attendance and students were engaged. We walked through the alphabet and learned the different sounds that each letter makes (long and short vowels, hard and soft consonants). Students came up with words that exemplified each letter sound and asked clarifying questions about words they struggle with. We practiced pronunciation and verb tenses by creating sentences and reading them aloud. Students identified words that they struggle with and we practiced pronunciation as a group."
"Today we spent time going over some writing the student did about his history and role with his company. We went over his grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure in the writing sample. At the end of the lesson, we covered a few grammar questions he had from his book."
"We worked on how to talk about the student's current work as well as on the construction of "used to." She is good at writing in English and understands a good number of words. She would benefit from working on grammar and vocabulary."
"Today we had a great class. First we did some worksheets on present simple vs present progressive. Then we did some reading comprehension activities with short passages. I also had him write a short paragraph using one of the small passages as a model so he could put the grammar we have been studying to practical use. We also spent some time today talking about his week, new things he has tried and new hobbies, since he really needs opportunities to improve his speaking skills. We had a really great session today."
"We continued to work on Business ESL. I gave the student a number of questions to read through and look at. I wanted him to talk more about his hometown as if he were giving a presentation. He then needed to take all of that information and repeat it out like a speech. I also had him come up with a series of questions to ask another person in a different country. He interviewed me."
"The student and I practiced food-related vocabulary during this session. We discussed common American foods, polite phrases to use in restaurants, and various vocabulary related food. Her pronunciation and commutation are both improving significantly!"