Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Our first exercise was to look at and consider the student's five questions that he thought might generate a conversation with a stranger. We discussed each question, its merits and its shortcomings, to determine how effective it would be as a conversation starter. We then discussed six easy ways to engage in a conversation with someone new: comment on surroundings; ask open-ended questions; compliment; note common interests; stay with small talk; and listen effectively. We then set up a scenario in which I was a customer of the student's dealership and he was the salesperson. I asked him to take me out on the lot and "sell me" a car. At first, he was halting and ineffective, but I reminded him that there was no exact formula here: conversation is never perfect; it is always an improvisation that grows spontaneously, and we never know even when we begin a sentence what the ending will be. With that, he began a pretty effective presentation, including a conversation about what kind of work I did, how I would use the car in my business, and what kinds of traveling would be involved in my day-to-day activity. When we came back into our "classroom," we discussed how the conversation had gone and how he might have improved it. I gave him his vacation assignments: each day, he is to start up a conversation with a total stranger, be it a cashier, a waiter, a salesperson, whomever he chooses. The result of each conversation is not important; it is the attempt and the experience that matters. When he returns, we will discuss each encounter and see what we can glean from the experience."
"Today we explored letters and number identification. The student practiced counting and saying the alphabet while pointing to the correct number/letter."
"We covered modal verbs, their rules and usage, as well as some pronunciation (specifically words beginning with H). Great job!"