Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The students continued practicing the conjugation of verbs in simple present tense. They were introduced to stem- changing verbs in present tense. They practiced the conjugation of stem-changing verbs. They reviewed reflexive verbs."
"At the start of the session, I let the students draw on their new drawing board; whatever they drew, I taught them the specific word in Spanish. Later, we played the card game Uno, but with the added rule of naming both the number and color in Spanish. Finally, I had them practice greeting/conversational phrases in Spanish with each other. We concluded with a brief recitation of the basic body parts in Spanish. I saw it necessary to refresh them with the vocabulary that they've been learning up to this point. Overall, the session went excellently, and we will continue next Thursday."
"We began with a 15 minute conversation in Spanish about the snowstorm, leading into a conversation about New York City in the 1980s and early 1990s. We went over vocabulary and concepts that arose from that conversation, such as the use of gerunds in the context of "I saw a man running". We reviewed the exercises that I had assigned last session and the student translated some of the exercises out loud. We then did an exercise on the preterite and imperfect tenses that had been assigned in the Spanish class he is auditing, and went over the different uses of the preterite and imperfect. I asked the student to translate some paragraphs from a newspaper article for the next session. Next time, we will continue to focus on the preterite, with some incorporation of the infinitive tense."
"Today, the student and I went through the entire passage that her exam will cover, reviewing the translation, noteworthy grammatical constructions, and figures of speech. Overall, she seems to know most of her grammar pretty well. I'm sending her all the notes that we took together during the lesson so that she can go back and review them further."
"This was the last session I had with the student before his test. We had a similar pace as the previous session. In this session, we spent half the time covering reading comprehension. For every sentence, I would have him tell me the grammar of the sentences as well as provide a good translation. In addition, I would ask reading comprehension questions about the section that he would then have to answer."
"The student's pronunciation is getting really good. We went over a lot of words that are similar in both English and Spanish so that the student can expand his vocabulary. We then did an activity using three different tenses of several different verbs and incorporating the question words. Next, we reviewed some food vocabulary. The student has to write/tell me in our next session what he did over the weekend using 10 different Spanish verbs in the past tense."