Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the session with some introductory questions about the student's Spanish class and general goals. We identified writing practice, conversation, listening comprehension, and grammar as his main goals for tutoring. Then we began to work through the homework in his e-book. The chapter began with a lesson on comparisons; we paused the video halfway through so I could explain more thoroughly the different phrases used to make comparisons and he could practice writing comparative sentences. Then we watched the rest of the video lesson and he completed the exercises. He answered correctly with no problems. The last part of our session included listening comprehension and answering questions based on what was heard. I encouraged him to listen to the recordings as many times as were necessary if he was having trouble picking out the words. Other strategies included listening for familiar words and studying vocabulary beforehand. Next week we will begin with a review of physical traits and comparisons."
"We spoke in Spanish for the whole session today, since all the student has left is his oral exam. We reviewed the differences between reflexive pronouns, direct object pronouns, and indirect object pronouns. We focused our discussion on using the verbs that work like "gustar," trying to incorporate them into our conversation. We talked about Hillary Clinton, economic policy, Argentina, as well as the likes, dislikes, and interests of people we know. His use of the gustar-like verbs definitely improved over the course of the session. The general flow of his conversation is also improving as is his listening comprehension. He still needs to work more on using the past in conversation, so that is what we will focus on next time. He will be away for the next two weeks for spring break, so we will not be meeting again until the last full week of March."
"We began reviewing vocabulary relating to time and how to use it. We then began to work with phrases that will be useful to the student in his work place, including asking for things and requesting actions. We created a list of useful verbs for him to use in the office and reviewed any irregularities in their conjugation. We also began looking at the conditional tense as a way of asking for things politely. I asked the student to complete the review exercises in Chapter 7."