Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed information from yesterday to check for retention/comprehension. We added some information to personal introductions ("presentarse") (Me llamo ____, soy de ___, vivo en ____, tengo _____ anos, me gusta(n) __________) We reviewed calendar information, talking about today's date and adding the weather. We talked about different places and times of year and the climate/weather for each situation. We sang a simple song to help them remember the days of the week. We started talking about different kinds of foods and we discussed pronunciation of Spanish names of foods and places that have been adopted into English (Mision Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Los Angeles, etc.). We each drew a picture of a favorite Hispanic dish and then sang the "Vamos a comer" song. Tomorrow we will talk about telling time and play some games. The students' mother and I also discussed possible topics to incorporate into other studies (Spanish history, geography, and culture; the mix of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in Spain) and possible overarching themes and projects for each week."
"For our initial session, the student apprised me of her desire to possibly place into a level 2 Spanish class in mid-August. She shared that a placement test is given in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. In order to make her comfortable and get a preliminary assessment on some of the fundamentals with which she may already be aware, or that which we'd like to concentrate, we said the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish going over the variety of vocabulary and some pronunciation. It was fun! After that, I had her do a writing sample in Spanglish so she could (re)communicate what we'd discussed on the walk over to the cinema building, so she could quickly provide a topic. She did a good job taking her time to write a thorough paragraph. After this, we reviewed some basic concepts starting w/a few phrases she remembered. From that we conjugated the two verbs in the present tense: ser and estar. We then went on to review the days of the week and months of the year. I've also encouraged her to purchase a particularly helpful audio CD. She was encouraged to review her notes and we'll begin to build on this, of course providing more "homework" on Thursdays."
"Today the student and I went "back to basics." We continued working with the Spanish book, but since he had been removed from the language for a little while, we reviewed the alphabet and family terms. We worked on understanding the different terminology for children, and other expressions that he frequently hears but was unsure how to properly use in conversation."