Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over Ch. 18 test- student did very well! We went over first part of Ch. 19 vocabulary- student was rusty, so we spent extra time. We also went over new vocabulary and grammar structures, along with some accompanying exercises in the workbook."
"We started with conversation first. The new animals for tonight were: pig, sheep, lamb and rabbit. We also exercised 4 tones by analyzing and dictating a few new words: disc, blackboard and notebook."
"Since it's been almost 2 weeks without class, we reviewed everything we have learned so far. Today's conversation covers from numbers 1 to 15, colors, animals, fruits, vegetables, objects. We practiced all related words. I brought a book about Barney and farm animals, and the student learned all basic farm animals and we will practice them in next session."
"I went through some old stuff with him to review and ask him how he's been. It was Easter last week so I asked him to explain the tradition of Easter for me, and I gave him a homework to do research for Easter and explain more to me for next session."
"The student was reviewing vocabulary from class. We spent a few moments going over the 4 writing rules for proper stroke order. He was able to correctly do each of the rules by explaining it and demonstrating it with air writing. He also reviewed some of the Chinese radicals, which he is learning are very important for being able to remember the meaning of characters. He did a great job of describing the radicals in Chinese to the teacher in a mini game for the teacher to guess it. Last, he learned food vocabulary and recalled the different words with intelligent methods that he thought of by himself or remembered clues given by the teacher. He was able to apply the words to a skit so that he is prepared to order simple foods at a food store. He is encouraged to answer questions with complete answers and he can become more familiar with this by listening to some recordings made by the teacher and he can watch videos in the language."
"The student let me know how much she knows about the language, what her short-terms goals are, and how much time she plans to invest in the independent study besides our weekly tutoring. I gave a brief introduction to the language, including what Mandarin is, what Pinyin is, and why it's called a tonal language. Then we learned and practiced how to address people in formal situations, how to greet people, how to tell others your name, how to say goodbye, how to say thank you, and how to apologize."