Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For today's lesson, I began with a review the direct and indirect object pronouns we had discussed last week. I then used that as an introduction into the reflexive pronouns (oneself=se) and gave a list of a few reflexive verbs. We worked out some example sentences dealing with how to conjugate these verbs and how to decide which reflexive pronoun to use. We steadily got into more complicated examples which combined the object and reflexive pronouns. She asked about a specific sentence which led me to introduce the verbs "to water" (regar) and "to plant" (sembrar) as well as a few different ways to say boy and girl. To work on over the week I told her to study the words saber and conocer and we will work with them next time."
"The topics that we discussed were: Hola, Buenos dias, Buenas tardes, Buenas noches, ¿Como estas? and the numbers. They did a great job. They are going to practice 10 minutes every day what they learned so they won't forget it."
"We reviewed previously learned dental terms with various situations to practice them. They learned other useful phrases and how to respond to clients' needs and questions. Finally I taught the student vocabulary and questions for small talk to use with their clients. They will practice during the week with patients."
"I began this session by reviewing the student's homework with her. She used cual and que correctly in each. I told her I would review prepositions and pronouns with her in the future. The rest of the session was spent completing worksheets to continue to practice "que vs cual." I also explained any verb or noun that she did not understand. For homework I asked her to complete a short worksheet to continue to practice "cual vs que.""
"We covered past tense verbs in the preterite; both regular and irregular verbs. His attitude was very positive and he was ready to learn. I included a way to remember the conjugations for the regular verbs. I asked him to try a quiz I made on the website. We reviewed some of the verbs we had already covered and he was able to have small conversation in the past tense, but we still need to cover more in future sessions."
"In this session we worked on a reading about the Aztecs, an ancient Mexican civilization. We read a brief story on these people and followed up with a mythological story on how this civilization was born and developed. We focused on: reading, pronunciation, understanding the meaning of new vocabulary words, and understanding the context of the story. There were a few new words for the student, so we wrote them down to help him study later. Also we worked on a few questions on the reading. We will continue to read other Aztec myths for our next session. I asked him to study the new vocabulary words. This will be very helpful for his next readings since most of the vocabulary coming up will be repeated."
"Today the student showed me her practice essay that was graded by peers. We went over on how to make the summary more informative and use different vocabulary words in Spanish. We also did a reading assignment and went over the answers."
"Today we went over the grammar of gustar and other verbs like gustar (encantar, aburrir, fascinar, interesar, etc.) and practiced it by having a conversation where we asked each other what we liked or didn't like. We also had some practice with made up sentences using all of the indirect object pronouns. The student did really well. I also threw in some verb conjugations that she studied in the past and was able to recognize them and construct sentences. For the last half hour of class, we practiced what we studied on our last lesson: direct, indirect and reflexive pronouns. She understands and is retaining the material."
"We had our first full immersion Spanish session. I was impressed with her speaking ability, something that she had not displayed to me before, even after prompting. She expressed that she learned more during this session than any other. I believe this method of conversation to be the most helpful for a student like her, coupled with some classwork and grammar questions."
"The new books seem to be a much better fit for the student. We began the lesson with conversation. We discussed circumlocution and worked on errors in pronunciation. We began work on future tense, and will cover irregular future tense verbs in the next session."
"In today's session we covered conjugation, ser vs. estar, and used vocabulary from units 10-13. I made up sentences for the student to translate correctly or for her to conjugate a verb correctly. She is improving in her comprehension and her retention of the vocabulary. I was happy to hear that she started using the language app that I recommended to her. She says that she enjoys using it and that it helps her practice Spanish during the week. She is going to work this week on making flashcards of her vocabulary and on getting more work from her teacher for us to work on next Saturday."
"This session was conversation and grammar oriented. Grammatical concepts reviewed were used in conversation. The student raised questions based on the material and understanding. We touched upon different past tense conjugations including the Preterit and Imperfect; these were also used as conversational material. The student was able to understand the difference between the two past tense conjugations and use them in sentences."