Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We talked about the importance of homework, and I stressed again that, to be an effective speaker of the language, he was simply going to have to create more speaking opportunities with native speakers of English. He showed me several workbooks he had used in previous ESL classes, filled with grammar quizzes and vocabulary exercises. Once again, we talked about the fact that grammar and vocabulary were important, but they were not the key ingredients that would lead to success in conversation. We discussed the importance of connection in effective communication. My assignment for our next lesson was to create five opening sentences that he might ask a prospective customer that would encourage a genuine conversation between the two of them. For the remainder of the session, we discussed all the techniques he was now using that tended to close off communication with people: arms locked across his chest, for example, and leaning away from the person to whom he was talking; poor eye contact and poor listening skills; anticipating his next response instead of listening to his customer's complaints. I told him that, for our next meeting, I would bring a copy of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, with specific chapters that I will expect him to read on his vacation and specific exercises I will expect him to complete while he is home in Mexico."
"We discussed the usage of the past perfect versus the simple past and did some exercises. We also went over specific preposition usage."
"In today's session we practiced on the continuation of pronunciation of long and short syllables. We also worked on conversation about everyday activities."