Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the student's first session, and we started with Spanish colors and numbers by doing a "draw by the numbers" activity. While she knows 1-20 numbers well, she has trouble with larger numbers and numbers used in dates. She has an excellent grasp on basic vocabulary, but switches into English to cover verbs and more complex words that she doesn't know yet in Spanish. A few times, she almost had the Spanish word, but began to say the English one instead. I slowed her down, and when she had time to think a bit more, she was able to remember the Spanish. As we practice over the next few sessions, we'll work on building the confidence to pause or slow down and not jump directly to English when Spanish sentences get trickier. We then did a few activities on feelings and phrases that use the verb "tener." (Tengo hambre, tengo sueno, etc.) We'll continue to work on verb conjugations. I left the verb conjugation "hands" with her so she could practice if she'd like."
"We covered vocabulary, how to say directions, the seasons and colors. Assignment is to study a list of vocabulary."
"Today we worked on family trees and introduced emotion words. I left him with homework to complete a family tree and to finish an emotion words worksheet we started during our session."
"We went over two new grammar points and three ways to compare things using ichiban, ~nohouga, and ~mo~mo. We also went over pain form which is a way to give reason to something. These two grammar points, the student seemed to grasp very well. We definitely need to expand his vocabulary knowledge. I gave him 20 vocabulary words to memorize for next time and five kanji to practice. He said he is almost done going over all the hiragana, so he will be moving on to katakana. His progress is fast. I will have a quiz on all of the grammar and vocab he has learned so far next time when we meet on Tuesday."
"We reviewed what the student needs to know for his Spanish final. We made notecards with his vocabulary words and verb charts for the preterite verbs. He needs to study his notecards and his verb charts for the final next week."
"The student worked on prepositions: entre, a la derecha, enfrente de, dentro de, abajo de, a la izquierda, en el medio, al lado de, sobre, encima de, atras de. She also learned about gerunds ("ing" form of a verb). She learned to form the gerunds of verbs ending in "ar" (add ando), verbs ending in er or ir (drop the ending and add iendo). She also practiced the meaning of the following verbs: caminar, partir, beber, tomar, hablar, escuchar, escribir, saltar, comer, nadar, bailar and vivir. She was asked to form complete sentences using gerunds in Spanish given a pronoun and a verb. During the last portion of the session, she reviewed colors, and added to her vocabulary: hormiga, cielo, pajaro, cesped. Overall, she did a nice job. Nice work!"