Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I worked mainly on getting a feel for the students' current level of Spanish ability. We began with the alphabet and the pronunciation of the vowels and the letters which sound different from their English counterparts. We then talked about the personal pronouns and the patterns for conjugating regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs. We went over Ser and Estar, and talked about the differences between them. We went over the question words in Spanish and their meanings when outside of a question. I left them with a list of 13 (mostly irregular) verbs to have memorized by our next session"
"Today we focused exclusively on the present tense of the subjunctive mode. Student sent me a slideshow made by her teacher, and we went through the PowerPoint together, slide by slide, discussing the content. Student asked some good questions and I believe we made progress. We then worked through several exercises from my grammar manual about the subjunctive. She is having a little bit of trouble determining who the subject of the relative clause is, but she has a good grasp of when to use the subjunctive and when to use the indicative. She did a great job!"
"We conversed in Spanish for a bit. She read a lot of the Snow White story. She did really well, and understands nearly perfectly. We highlighted some vocab words and reviewed a little subj, and preterit and imperfect. We will continue that next week. I'll send her a link, like I did last week, of some exercises to do. She took a subj quiz online and got 100% and did the activities I encouraged her to do! She doesn't feel completely comfortable speaking subj, so we'll have a conversation that focuses on subj next week. Doing well!!!"
"We began our session by reviewing, studying, and making flashcards for her vocabulary test tomorrow. She was able to remember all the words after one or two tries. I made a quick practice test for her as well, and she did great. After that, we began working on her Spanish Lab. We got through some questions and were able to practice reading, conjugating, writing, and listening."
"Today, we specifically went over how to correctly say the date in Spanish (Ayer fue = Yesterday was; Hoy es = Today is), verb conjugation (Puedo, puedes, puede....Cuesta/Cuestan), and how to say what you want to eat/drink (Quiero tomar/quiero comer...). I also taught the girls a new phrase: Me gustaria, which means "I would like..." They were excellent throughout the lesson! Their participation and enthusiasm is great and their energy is high. I would like to continue with irregular verb conjugation (such as the verb "querer", or "to want") and continue studying their new vocabulary."
"Today we made menus and wrote out some vocabulary words for food. We practiced them then role-played waiter/customer. At the end, we reviewed the words by playing a basketball game."
"In our first session we went over Spanish basics such as the Spanish alphabet, numbers, colors, family members, and common objects. Then we went on to conjugating present tense verbs. He hopes to expand his vocabulary, so we went over some new verbs and he used them in a sentence. We then went over some written exercises which he did well with the help of the worksheet that laid out the endings of the yo, tu, el, ellos vosotros...etc. conjugations. Lastly, I read aloud a short paragraph and assessed his reading comprehension and ability to conjugate in the present tense. I believe his reading comprehension is good with the help of a scaffold."
"We went through some more study strategies. We translated sentences I created with the vocab he is studying. We went from English to Spanish and vice versa. Then we identified specific words that were really challenging for him. He made some flashcards for the vocab and verbs that he will be quizzed on later this week."
"During two online sessions, we worked on sentences she prepared using the subjunctive. We corrected them together and direct object pronouns came up in one of them. For the second session I asked her to prepare a small paragraph detailing her morning routine, which required to use reflexive verbs and the DOP. We went over the paragraph, and I gave several more examples of verbs that can also be conjugated as reflexive ones. By the end of the session, she was implementing these new concepts independently and creatively."
"The student had to prepare for the oral section of his Spanish midterm, so we spent the majority of the session practicing questions he's likely to answer on the test ("Como te llamas, como eres, que te gusta hacer, que haces despues de la escuela, etc.). He needed a brief refresher on conjugations of ser, using "gustar," and numbers/days/months, but by the end of the hour he could answer all of the questions using perfect grammatical structure. I'm very happy with the progress he's made in Spanish."
"First, we discussed what type of vocabulary the student would find useful in his workplace. I will use that information to develop lessons for future sessions. We then continued to work on learning numbers and phrases using numbers. We focused on telling time and on talking about dates. We then practiced discussing information for events."
"Today we reviewed a lot of what the student had learned and the homework I had assigned him. We spent the entire session working on speaking and recalling a lot of the phrases and verb usage that we worked on previously."