Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1 and Student 2 focused on learning the months for this lesson. Before starting new vocabulary they had a chance to test their listening skills with the numbers they learned previously. They also had a brief introduction to Chinese radicals, such as with the moon radical used for "month" in Chinese, and now have a basic understanding of how radicals help to tell the meaning of words. Last, we put it all together and they figured out the Chinese system for writing the months. In order to practice, they played an interactive game to say each month and show with body language, what the tones are for each month. Next time, we can continue with learning how to ask simple questions using this new vocabulary. They were both receptive to the lesson and participated very well!"
"I first helped the student correct her homework from the last session. She's better at creating sentences now, and the sentences she wrote are now longer and better. The only new vocab for today is: dance. It's a more complicated character to write, but she managed well. We spent the second half of the session playing the Chinese chess game. She's better this time, as she remembered some rules and knew how to make a move. I let the game last longer this time so she can gain confidence and experience. The homework is to finish the worksheet and to write 3 more full sentences."
"During this tutoring session, we covered the test and some of the homework practice for the student. The student was struggling most with stokes of Chinese characters. The teacher in school never speaks English to him, which is understandable since he and his parents have not much related background knowledge of this language. During this session, I helped him to practice his pronunciation and recognition of the Chinese characters, as well as the strokes. I believe the students needs more repetition and practice of his current materials. The student's mom worries about his test grade, but once again, the repetition and practice of the current materials is really important. I also saw wins from this session because I gave him encouragements and compliments when he tried to practice and improve. Overall, it was a good experience and I believe we can make better progress in the future."
"Today we covered the use of modal verbs in the present tense. We practiced forming sentences with modal verbs and how to differentiate between them. Then I went through a variety of phrases involving present tense modal verbs that the student may find especially useful during his stay in Germany. Finally we did vocabulary practice. He is always very open to all the materials that we cover, and is quick to announce what he is struggling with and what he would like to improve on. He prefers learning through speaking and verbal practice. I left him with extra vocabulary and a review sheet of modal verbs to go over during his own time."
"We took a little bit of a step back and worked on sentence structures, verb conjugations for sein (to be) by using word blocks to create sentences. The student is doing great and is working very hard on her pronunciation and understanding. I am starting to use more German during our session. We worked on colors and did text book reading about travel and ticket purchase. I left her some more practice on sentences with new vocabulary and pronoun replacements. Great progress today."
"Conversation shows that the student has been practicing and listening to conversational German; his ability to express himself in spontaneous conversation is improving markedly. After some initial small talk, we picked up in the book and reviewed Adjectives with Prepositions from last time (pp. 81-83) and worked through the end of Chapter 8. For next session we plan to start reading together the play "Die Physiker," for more practice with literature in a dialogue form; there is also a 1964 TV movie based on ti that will be an interesting supplement."