Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session students worked on RACE responses, answering questions from the poem "Nighttime in the City." One of the students scored 4 on both questions."
"Today, the student and I opened the session with conversation about his week. I also asked him if he watched English TV and spoke more with his host family. After this, I gave a presentation on English tenses, their common uses, and the subtleties in their meanings. For each tense, I had the student use it in an example sentence so I could gauge his fluency. The we orally did two worksheets that covered the present perfect, simple past, and present progressive perfect tenses. He did well with pronunciation as he read the excerpts out loud."
"Both women were present for this session, and this was our last meeting. We worked on pronunciation and word origins, conjugation and phonetics. We also discussed techniques for improving reading, writing, speaking, and note taking."
"The student covered a lot of material today! We learned the "l" and "m" sounds. She practiced writing the letters as well as simple words that start with those letters. We also practiced saying these words out loud. She is showing great improvement in her speech. She also practiced rectangles and trapezoids. She was asked to trace and independently draw these shapes. She was able to color these which strengthened her knowledge of colors. She navigated these concepts with some prompting but overall was able to independently figure them out."
"During this session we reviewed the verb tenses, concentrating on the simple present, past and future and perfect tenses. I provided the student with a table that summarizes this information. Then, we went over the long and short "o". She will continue memorizing more irregular verbs."
"We worked on a few activities designed to enrich the student's English vocabulary. I encouraged use of a translator to help her come up with more-difficult descriptive words. We also practiced spelling with an interactive game. I assigned a reading comprehension exercise for homework. We will work on spelling and sentence-building next week."
"This was our first session. The student and I discussed his language experience and goals for improving his English. We found that speaking and listening comprehension are our main areas to focus on. He discussed the business he works at, and we will continue to practice spoken English. He is going to continue to employ more English in his daily life."
"Today we continued conversation practice. The topics with discussed included watching TV and movies to improve English comprehension. We compared movies that we've watched. We also talked about idioms and ways to learn more of them; I gave the student a website that provides ESL students with idiom quizzes. We talked about the different standards for providing wifi and internet service in Japan and the States. We talked about the use of onomatopoeias and how their usages compare between English and Japanese."
"The student and I worked on verb tense identification and conjugating verb tenses in various activities and exercises. We also worked on editing some writing assignments including a work writing assignment that she has due tomorrow. We discussed sentence punctuation, periods, question marks, exclamation points and commas as well as prepositions and prepositional phrases. We will focus on these skills next session. The student also asked for additional practice with have been and has been. I left the student with the practice of reviewing the resources I have supplied her with thus far as well as the task of implementing the things we have covered with her professional job writing. The student continues to make progress, think things through, takes her time and applies what she is learning. She is doing really well."
"Started the session with some background information. The session was mainly conversational. I brought a packet we could follow referring to communication with coworkers in the office. The session went very well."
"The main focus of this session was for me to get to know the student so that I can plan future lessons that will be of high interest for her. Her spoken English is quite good. She wants to improve her English in order to be able to communicate effectively with her daughter's school and also to feel confident when speaking with health care professionals about her children."
"Reading Passages (Social Content) to focus on areas of concerns. R-sounds area of focus in speech and reading (words with r-sound to be practice. Student to practice Reading and recording himself reading to hear and listen to words that cause stumbling,(not due to unfamiliarity, but due to pronunciation without automaticity)."