Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student participated very well throughout today's lesson. He is strengthening his listening skills while learning about counting in 5's and 10's. Using the coins and other props keeps him entertained and engaged in the lesson. He remembered review words quickly. One excellent thing I noticed is that when I asked him about the backpacks, he didn't need prompting and said the both the color and the word for backpack in Chinese. Great work!"
"At our lesson, I focused with the student on an upcoming project. That project involved foods, so I took the opportunity to teach him some new vocabulary words having to do with food. I asked him what some of his favorite vegetables were and, one by one, taught him how to write them. I also pointed out to him when a character in one of these words was familiar to him from a word he had previously learned. For example, the character "xi" (literally meaning "western") in the word "xi lan hua" (broccoli) is the same as the "xi" in the word "xi gua" (watermelon). Similarly, when there were radicals (parts of characters) which recurred among the characters we were learning, I pointed it out to him, with the belief that by focusing on the patterns among Chinese characters and not just treating them as random symbols, they will be easier to memorize. I also had him construct and practice saying some simple sentences with these vegetables in them (he told me in Chinese which vegetables were his favorites and which others he liked/disliked). We switched back and forth between the speaking and writing practice."
"The student and I worked on comparative sentence structure. We reviewed vocabulary words for this lesson on Weather, previewed next session. He's doing well."