Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on nouns for age (bashi sui and shiba sui), descriptive words (lao, mei, hao kan, nun kan, gao, ai, kai, congming, ben, yan, and hui), question words (ji sui and zenmeyang), sentence structures (ji sui, zenmeyang, zui gao/zhen gao/gao ji le, hen gao, ye hen haokan, bi, and gao), daily expressions (hao ji le and dui), and nianqing, chou, pang, shu, and yan."
"We went over the vocabulary he will be tested on as well as some vocabulary from a previous class. Read the vocab words aloud and had the student write down the words. Also, practiced dialogues from his class workbook and completed two exercises (one on money and a crossword puzzle)."
"Today we reviewed numbers up to 99. The two seem fairly confident in their number sense and can do arithmetic problems with Chinese characters! The part that I cannot stress enough is the need for practice and repetition. Since we only meet once per week and the girls do not really have any Chinese in their environment, it necessary to put it there. The assignment this week is small: practicing their characters. I understand the two are busy, so these assignments are designed to take about only 10-15 minutes. Chinese is one of THE hardest languages for English speakers to learn and they are doing great. That said, they do need to practice to keep up the progress!"
"The student and I used a nursery rhyme today to review our learned vocabularies. He also learned this sentence structure: I have ____; I don't have ____. He is very interested in this card game that he is playing, and we will talk about that a little more next time."
"We edited a passage for work (related) and built the student's verbal explanation of the situation into a short written piece. Targets: concise, direct language and strategic use of multiple clauses. The student also sent me a wonderful longer essay that we'll begin reviewing next week. As always, the student is a pleasure to work with and eager to learn!"
"At the beginning we went through the new picture book and we were able to learn many new words. We also went through 50 flash cards and extend the vocabulary to the objects in the pictures. I encouraged them to use Chinese as much as possible during class. I gave them each one sheet to practice writing characters as homework. We went through body parts words and counted numbers from 20 to 1 backwards. We reviewed until the end of lesson 9 in Textbook 1B. We watched 2 short videos on YouTube, then I asked them questions regarding the story to make sure they really comprehended it."