Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked today on Lesson 14, Dialogue 2. He is getting better at the basic characters and beginning to gain stride in terms of momentum in learning vocabulary. I hope to see him continue to improve his study skills and retain more vocabulary. I gave him a few extra core vocab words on top of the chapter's vocab because they are high frequency words that he will see repeatedly. I will continue to work with him to gain more of these core vocab words and improve his Chinese in listening, reading, and speaking."
"Six out of ten kids in the student's class failed the previous test, so they needed to retake it as a take-home test. We reviewed the material, and copied answers provided by the teacher. The student needs a lot of help with character writing."
"I told a story in Chinese to the kids: "Happy Birthday Moon." We went through 50 flash cards. I encouraged them to use Chinese as much as possible during class. We went through words about numbers, colors, fruits, and animals. We sang a song about ''Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'' in Chinese and another song about ''going to school'' in Chinese. I gave them each a sheet to practice writing characters."
"We started from what we learned last week, and I realized why the student's tone is not correct, so we spent first half session mostly on correcting his tone. He always mix the 2nd tone and 3rd tone (there are 4 tones in Mandarin). He can perfectly distinguish 1st, 2nd, and 4th tone but has some troubles pronouncing 3rd tone. When reading text with tone sign and pinyin, he can do a great job (sounds exactly like native speaker this time), but without them he might make mistakes on tones. In order to help with the tone, I taught him a very well known nursery rhymes in Chinese called "One two three four five." which is very fun and can help him to remember the tone. During the second half, we learned another greeting conversation: "Anything fun recently?" and "doing something is fun." I asked him to practice the nursery rhymes."
"The student and I practiced conversing in Chinese using the new vocabulary from the last lesson. Then, we learned vocabulary for shopping, including supermarket, near/ far, to buy, to go out/ to come out, food, large/ small enough, first/ second/ third/ etc., to give, and money. Next, we practiced conversing about what he wants to buy. He did excellently at forming questions and answers using the new vocabulary, and he has good listening skills and was able to understand the meanings of spoken Chinese phrases."
"In today's session, the student reviewed medical vocabulary he learned in the last class and studied airport vocabulary and expressions. First, he pronounced the medical vocabulary and asked questions. Then, he studied useful vocabulary about the airport and traveling. Then, he wrote a short paragraph about his travel by using the vocabulary. At the end of the tutoring session, he and I went over some new medical vocabulary to check his pronunciation."