"We had a productive session. I did a review of greetings & phrases
and vocabulary via a thorough conversation with the student.
I introduced the Spanish verb "ir + a..." ("to go to...") to express things to
be done in the immediate future. Next, we had a lengthy conversation of
what he is going to do over Christmas break using "Immediate Future"ù
verb tenses + other verbs.
He constructed complete sentences and understood the verb usage.
We went online to look at maps of Latin America and discussed geography of Latin countries. I explained that most of Latin America is in the Southern Hemisphere and, therefore, the difference in climate and seasons there. He pointed out countries, islands and the Equator. He repeated the names of these all in Spanish. He knew how to say all surrounding bodies of water in Spanish with excellent pronunciation!
I talked about the difference in weather in Latin America. We also discussed the difference in Fahrenheit -vs- Celsius degrees. I gave him the formula to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and had him do a few examples to convert these 2 degrees measurements. He did great!
I explained how Christmas (Navidad) is celebrated in Latin American countries as well as the differences in their customs & traditions as compared to the U.S.
I left him many supplies (glitter, construction paper, foam, foam stick-on
stars, glue and other decorations) so he can make a Spanish Christmas card for his parents. The greeting inside the card was all in Spanish and he wrote it out on a piece of paper so he can write it when he finishes his card.
He was totally engaged and was quite interested in the degree conversion
assignment and the geography of Latin America. We concluded with him
reading a page (pg. 60) in a Spanish reader.
We had a discussion of baseball, and identified any unknown vocabulary words.
This tutoring session went quite well. He had outstanding participation!"