Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the lyrics to "Paloma Blanca" or "White Dove." I found this song to be repetitive and with few words so it should be easy for the student to grasp and relate to. We also went over more vocabulary and verbs today. We are focusing more and more on phrases for her to use during traveling. We decided what notecards she should focus on to review before her June trip. Our main focus before then is reviewing vocabulary and learning phrases, thus combining vocabulary and verbs together."
"This session was focused on preparing the student for her final exam. We went over all topics that will be covered on her exam, but paid special attention to indirect pronouns, definite and indefinite articles, time, ser vs Estar, uses of tener, present participle, and possessive pronouns. With a bit more revision, she should do well on her exam. Was a pleasure working with this student."
"Today we started working with podcasts. We worked on verbs conjugations using an exercise that helps memorizing them. We did for the present tense of regular verbs. Then we listened to the podcasts to help the student get used to listening and process. He speaks good Spanish and he has a great potential to speak it even better. We practiced conversation skills for the rest of the meeting."
"We had our first tutoring session. We reviewed some books with which the student has studied Spanish before, and designed a plan to work in our classes. We covered the first part of Chapter 7 (Gente que viaja) of Gente. The goal of the chapter is to organize a trip to the Dominican Republic. We practiced both vocabulary and grammar through listening and speaking."
"The student and I went over beginning Spanish 1 topics today to review and fill in gaps of what he doesn't remember from the beginning of the year. Other than basic phrases, pronunciation, and spelling, we covered telling time, numbers, expressions (with accents), days of the week and months, school and subjects. I had him spell out different words, explain what I was saying, have him translate, ask him questions and have him respond in Spanish, etc. I also had him read a picture book out loud in Spanish to help with his pronunciation and point out where and why accents are used on stressed vowels."
"The student is getting to a difficult part of language acquisition: discerning rarely used tenses, both in English and German. Our lesson was basically on the subjunctive tense, which English rarely uses. We built a grid with the verbs he'll have a quiz on this week, conjugating them from the infinitive to the present and then to the subjunctive. Every little bit helps when tackling this particular subject."