Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the student's last lesson. We reviewed homework and went over all her Chinese materials. We also practiced conversation and grammar."
"Today, we finished the rest of the test. Michael chose to opt out of the reading section, as he wanted to focus mainly on conversational Chinese. While I did allow it this time, I told him that being able to recognize characters, especially later on, would be helpful for conversation, especially as there are multiple variations for the same pronunciation. We agreed that adding the pronunciation would be a bit helpful, as they are still in the beginning stage. Chris and Dan both aced the reading, with the help of pronunciation. As a matter of fact, both of them did not really need too much help with reading, except on one or two parts that they forgot. With a quick recollection and review, they were able to ace the test. We also gave them a bonus section on self introduction, and all three including Michael was able to introduce themselves wonderfully for beginners. After the conclusion of the test, we went directly to Chapter 7, where we learned two extra particle words - the suggestion particle "ba", and the completion particle "le". We looked over the vocabulary, and introduced new roots and radicals. Next, we practiced some sentence structures associated with the vocabulary, and how to use the vocabulary. We gave them some practice for writing the vocabulary and then we went on to the reading passage. I gave them the pronunciation and translation through the run-through, and showed them how to place the particle words at the end of either a sentence or clause. I also showed them how a single particle word can change a sentence from "We go to class" to "Let's go to class" or "We already went to class". Finally, when they were comfortable for chapter 7, we went over a bit of how to tell time using "dian" and "fen" for hours and minutes. I also went over special parts like using "zero" for "o" such as in three o' five, we don't say three five in English for 3:05. Lastly, I told them how to use half past three for 3:30 instead of saying three thirty."
"For the whole session, I taught him pronunciations and told him to memorize them. I will check them on the next session."