Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First we reviewed the dates, body parts and the vocab from the previous session. We also practiced our "knocking door" situation several times; she's getting better and better. Today we also learned how to count 20 and up. She had some difficulty with this, but this will improve only with practice. Today's new vocab was: big, small and cat."
"In today's session, I wanted to take a break from the previous concepts that we have covered to re-cap on some very basic terms that the student will be able to use with any Chinese person that she meets. I don't think the student remembers much of the greetings that she learned from her previous tutor, so I began with "zao shang hao" (good morning) and "ni hao ma?" (are you doing well?) as well as the appropriate responses. Then, I taught her how to say "zai jian [lao shi]" (goodbye [teacher]). I started with just a few terms, so that she can pick them up more easily without getting overwhelmed. During the second half of our session, we played with an app for Mandarin. It contains one free lesson, and we were able to get through all of the games during this time. The student seemed to really enjoy it, and I think it is definitely worth purchasing the other lessons."
"I taught the student how to input Chinese characters onto his phone and laptop using a Romanized phonetic alphabet. We reviewed the most common phrases he could use in his business travels, including how to order beverages (tea/coffee/wine/beer) and the beverage container (cup/glass/bottle). I wrote them in his notebook using Chinese characters, Romanized Pinyin, and English translations. I then recorded them into a voice memo onto his phone."
"This was the last session with both students. It has been a wonderful pleasure working with both students every Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon. I have learned so much from them and I hope they were able to increase their knowledge in the Spanish culture, language, and idioms. I wish them the best of luck on their future travels and exposure to the Spanish language fulltime!"
"Covered the rest of the grammar principles for the oral final. She is pretty confident with the oral final. She is more worried about the written portion of the final, which is what we will be talking about next time we meet. She started to remember the grammar principles more in depth as we went through them together. I had her practice creating examples of her own using the grammar principles listed and she was able to come up with some examples of her own throughout the session."
"We practiced and sharpened the student's Mandarin pronunciation skills, since the written responses from last week's needed to be recorded as a part of her final. We practiced each question at least 5 times before she was happy with what she recorded, which really showed me her determination to get it right and get a high grade in her Chinese class. She does not have a problem with pronunciation per se, but she should work more on enunciating each word as separate words. Unlike in English, where words are blended (you are becomes you're) Chinese is quite the opposite. While practicing and recording took up a majority of the time, I clarified some questions she had about the grammar points she will be tested on. I left her with some extra work in preparation for the final tutoring session today before her final exam on Tuesday."