Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session I had the girls practice greeting and introduction phrases we had learned last week. They did a really good job remembering and saying the phrases. We also practiced the first seven letters of the Spanish alphabet that they had learned last week. They did a really good job remembering how to start saying them but they still struggle to remember the order of the letters and to pronounced them. We continued to practice these and they did improve. We also learned the words for types of transportation. They learned how to say auto, barco, avion, tren y caballo. They really enjoyed the activity of pretending to be all these types of transportations and moving around the room."
"Today we began with a review of the personal pronouns. The students wrote the words for each pronoun in Spanish on the whiteboard, then we talked about the right way to spell them. We then talked for a little about the difference between tu and usted, and did a brief exercise deciding when each should be used. We reviewed the names and sounds of the Spanish vowels then went over the entire Spanish alphabet. For each letter we discussed the name, the sound it makes, and some examples of words beginning with or containing each letter. Using the sound of each letter to sound out words, we then read a brief story. For homework the are supposed to practice the alphabet and a few specific words to improve their pronunciation. They were also given a Spanish children's book to read with their mom over the week."
"The student and I went over formal and informal commands, as well as direct and direct objects and articles, and how to express them for affirmative and negative commands. We covered a lot of ground today, so we should continue to review it next week to solidify it."
"We began working on active/passive verbs. I explained, in English, the difference between writing in the active and passive voice. We looked at the present passive and perfect passive tenses and how to conjugate them. We reviewed multiple quizzes and practiced converting passive sentences to active. Also, there was a small section about ablatives, so we shortly discussed the ablative of means and ablative of agent."
"The student and I reviewed all of the new vocabulary from Le Petit Prince readings, and went through the flashcards. We timed each run through the flashcards and she improved significantly each time. We also practiced defining the words in French. She then completed her culture presentation project. She chose a song in French from a band that she saw when she visited Paris, Les Presteej. We watched the video, translated the lyrics together, and built a PowerPoint. I also directed her to give background info about how she saw the band, met them, bought their CD, and has been listening to them as they get more and more popular over the last four years."
"We went over all the hiragana today, and the kakijun for each character. We went over the student's study plans for the upcoming weeks to get him ready for the Japanese placement exam he is hoping to take. We will try to cover 2~3 grammar points each session. I left him with a few things to do for homework. He will be practicing three hiragana characters each day at least 50 times each. He will also be watching Japanese shows (news/ anime) without subtitles to start him to integrate himself into the language. We will meet again on Tuesday."