Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I played a new game with the students; we used a deck of I Spy cards to play Snap. I added the requirement of naming the object that matches before taking the piles of cards. This introduced some new vocabulary and reinforced some that we've covered before. Before we started I gave them a list of new vocabulary with pronunciation guides. I would say the word, and they were to write down the translation and also underline the most emphasized syllable. After they finished, I drew their attention to the patterns, and explained the pronunciation rule (emphasis on 2nd to last syllable) and how the accent mark is used for exceptions to the rule. We finished up playing Snap, in which they not only had to use the vocab word, but also pronounce it properly. All three students were focused and engaged today."
"Yesterday's meeting was a time for us to get to know each other. I introduced myself to him, and my teaching philosophy. He also talked about himself and what he wanted to get out of the course. We practiced conversational Spanish for approximately 45 minutes, discussed books and lessons that we would work on in the long run, and worked on his speaking."
"Today, the student and I covered topics about being abroad such as ordering appetizers and drinks at a bar/restaurant, transportation such as taking the metro, and over key phrases such as "I would like"; "please"; and "thank you". The student went over short segmented videos that make her the tourist in the video so she interacts with the characters and answers questions. She followed along and comprehended fairly well. I feel she was engaged by these videos. Her pronunciation has gotten better."
"This was the first time the student and I met, so we took a little bit of time to introduce ourselves and to hear about what she wanted to review. We went over a quiz she recently had and I created a few verb charts and word charts to help her understand the structure of the sentence. I quizzed her on a few verbs and we went over her homework as well. She wanted to focus on grammar and sentence structure so throughout her quiz, homework and worksheets I focused on that and we came up with some sentence examples on our own."
"We discussed the focus of our sessions and prioritized material. We reviewed specific work related questions/phrases for the student to communicate with his Spanish speaking employees. He continues to work on pronunciation, but is very eager to improve and practice to sound fluid to gain confidence. I wrote down the phrases we worked on and sent them to him so he could review them. Overall, the session was quite productive."
"Today the student and I went over his communicative and grammar goals for the semester. We then had spontaneous conversation in Spanish reviewing vocabulary and grammatical topics that he was already familiar with (names, origins, numbers, ser and estar, daily routines). For next session he is going to bring a newspaper article that has a topic of his interest to our session so that we can use it to identify grammatical constructions and have a conversation about it."