Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the following areas: irregular/regular future/conditional tenses of verbs, present and past subjunctive (with examples and exercises), and the passive voice (using se or the past participle with ser). The student was assigned to print and translate an article of 2-3 paragraphs from a Spanish-speaking country's online periodical with only a dictionary. The purpose of this exercise is for me to better identify and correct flaws in her approach to translation of native speakers' writing so that she can perform better on the Exam in the reading comprehension sections."
"We met to go over subjunctive vs indicative. The student has very few problems with the actual conjugations now, it's mostly just when verbs are irregular that he gets somewhat confused. Overall though, he's doing much better!"
"We covered the past participles of irregular verbs and the proper application of haber as a helping verb. Student continues to struggle with past tense use of haber. Student was assigned homework to help memorize exceptions to the gender rule."
"Review quiz on basic verbs such as to be (ser) to go (ir) tener (to have) Practice oral conversation insisting on pronunciation Practice reading and translation using similarities between Spanish and English words along with prior knowledge. Read an article and discuss it in Spanish."
"The student and I split our tutoring into two sections: grammar practice and conversation practice. During the first 45 minutes, she and I worked on her grammar packet on definite and indefinite articles. I reviewed the work she had completed so far, gave her pointers on determining which type of article is merited, and then completed a new set of problems (I modeled some of them). During the last 45 minutes, we practiced for an upcoming conversation and recording assignment by holding a conversation in Spanish. During the conversation, we emphasized pronunciation and using common Spanish language phrases."
"Today was my first session with this student. We took a long walk while talking in Chinese. He prefers just to talk to practice, and he needs someone to practice conversations only. So we talked while we walked, and the topics included food, family, travel, and hobbies, all the way to politics and Chinese history. It was such a workout for him because he hasn't spoke Chinese for awhile. His level is actually pretty good considering he has only studied Chinese for 4 months intensively! We'll practice more dialog and conversation while I give him a lecture on analyzation of characters so he can use that tool to understand and memorize more words."