Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the assignment I had given her last session, to read and translate a Spanish periodical article into English. In addition, we reviewed the present subjunctive used in conjunction with the future tense (conjugations and syntax). Along the same lines, we completed a review of all past tenses (preterite, imperfect, and subjunctive) with examples and translation exercises that I developed. We finished with a review of the future tenses (conditional and future). I assigned the student to complete a composition that tells a story that includes dialogue (all in Spanish of course)."
"During our session, the student and I reviewed object pronouns and pre-reading questions. Throughout the lessons, we solved questions aimed at identifying proper grammar usage and translating expressions from English to Spanish and vice versa. As part of our ongoing work, we focused on her reading and pronunciation. The student has shown great resourcefulness in getting through her work. When translating, she does well in relying on expressions she already knows in order to make sense of new ones or to generate new sentences. Over the next session, we will focus on her upcoming cultural comparison assignment."
"In this week's tutoring session the student had been assigned a section of a play called "Nino y la niebla" to read, understand new words, and look for themes within the context of the assigned reading. We spend most of the session reading through, discussing the uncertainties of the context as only a part of the play was provided to read, and looking up unknown vocabulary words. Toward the end of the session we looked a short list of vocab words that he had been tasked with defining/explaining in his own words. We made it through half of the list of vocab words when it was time to end the session. The student stated he was comfortable in working through the remaining vocab word definitions."
"Student said that she had an oral test the following day where the teacher would give them 12 questions and answers about a topic to study and randomly pick 5 or 6 questions for them to answer. I went through the questions one by one, translating them into English so that she understood what was being asked, and with repetition, she was able to recall the more of the answers accurately. I also quizzed her on a set of new vocabulary words by using flashcards. At first, she had trouble recalling the words, but after going through the flashcards about 3 times, she was able to get more and more of them right. This is exactly the kind of practice/studying she should do when she sits down to study Spanish. Going over the same material over and over did wonders during our tutoring session today!"
"In our first session we reviewed one on the student's Spanish worksheets in preparation for his test tomorrow. We focused on conjugations of -ar verbs, as well as a number of vocab words. For practice I had him make sentences utilizing the vocab and requiring verb conjugation and the use of adjectives, which I emphasized need to agree in number and gender with the noun. For additional review for the test, I would recommend reviewing the vocab again and reviewing the conjugations for the irregular -ar verbs."
"The students are continuing their lessons on food vocabulary. I tied in some vocabulary relating to various places to go shopping such as bakery, fish market, etc. I let them choose the vocabulary we started with by having them write out a shopping list for an imaginary meal they would prepare for their imaginary host family in France. Their homework was to do that again with a new recipe."