Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I did a listening exercise using a song called Carito by Carlos Vives. She listened to the song and filled in the blanks in a printout of the lyrics I brought for her. We then went through the song and I had her translate it as best she could into English. I then used the song to review some grammar points like the use of tan, aunque, and some colloquial expressions like vale."
"The client has a quiz tomorrow in affirmative and negative words. I helped him go over the list from his instructor. We translated the words, did some practice quizzes on the translations, then went over guidelines and rules for how to use them such as noun and gender agreement. We also practiced creating many different types of sentences, and I specifically helped him to concentrate on building sentences using vocabulary and verbs that he already needs to know. Therefore we were both efficient and repetitive (reinforcing) in our method because we used pieces from various bits of homework and put them together in different directions so he will have a very strong memory of which words to use where and why."
"Today, the student needed help writing a script using words from her vocabulary section on fitness and wellbeing. We worked through it together, brainstorming the dialogue in English first, and then translating the sentences into Spanish on paper. This strategy worked well for her, and she was able to get through the assignment in no time."
"Today, the student practiced the use of the preterite and the imperfect applied to a reading about "La Semana Santa" (the Holy week), following the textbook instructions. He learned the new vocabulary and practiced the conjugations of the verbs of the reading, in present of indicative, preterite and imperfect. He translated the Spanish text to English. Then we watched some videos about a celebration of the Holy week in Sevilla and in Colombia. He learned about the religious tradition of this particular week in Latin America and Spain that begins with the Palm Sunday (domingo de ramos) and ends with the Easter Sunday (domingo de resurreccion). He also learned about the Flamenco dance from Spain and watched a video about it."
"The student and I worked on conversational Spanish and vocabulary building, areas he needs to develop. He and I spoke about our days, sang a song together, and spoke about an article written in Spanish. We wrote down words and phrases he needs to get up onto his word wall and phrase poster. I told him to label furniture using the vocabulary words his teacher gave him. His father said it was okay to do. I gauged a higher level of interest and engagement than the last time I met with him, since we worked on higher interest material."
"This is a very smart student; she just needed reinforcement with the conjugation of some of the irregular verbs in the preterit, the differences between the imperfect and the preterit, and the conjugation of the verbs ending in zar, gar, and car. She did exercises from one of the materials that I used and we also did some practice on the website. I had the chance to review a project that she did in the Spanish class; I was impressed with her narrative and creativity to tell beautiful stories in the Spanish language. Kudos!"