Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered feminine and masculine nouns. Both students feel comfortable with the lesson and are learning the new material very well. Both students are very positive about the lessons. The students are making great improvement and they were both left with notes for further review."
"Today we reviewed the letters, sounds, and words from the last class. I brought printouts with tips on how to pronounce different sounds in Spanish, including techniques on how to roll your "rr"s and also tips for saying "g", "i", "a", "c", and "x". Later, for a quick and fun break, we learned how to say the students' names using Spanish accents. After, we practiced different tongue-twisters ("trabalenguas") to really work on the different sounds in the Spanish language. After this, we reviewed the Spanish subject pronouns. The students repeated each subject pronoun after me, and then we reviewed what the translation for each word. We proceeded to learn basic greetings using these subject pronouns. First, they looked at a printout I created of necessary vocabulary used in greetings: e.g., good morning, good evening, good night, how are you (formal and informal), where are you from, and what is your name (formal and informal). They then practiced pronunciation by repeating each new vocabulary word/phrase after me. After this, they read four basic, formal and informal dialogues that I created using the new vocabulary that they learned (greetings and subject pronouns). First the students read each dialogue out loud and we discussed and noted any uncertainties with vocabulary. I intentionally included some new vocabulary in this dialogue to enhance the dialogue and their own Spanish vocabulary. After this, the students took turns reading the dialogue with me. Finally, I read the dialogue alone, for them to hear how it should sound (with correct intonation and pronunciation). Our final portion of the class we did three different conversation activities using the greetings and subject pronoun vocabulary. In the first activity, student #1 and student #2 read one word or phrase that would be used in a basic dialogue, and decided a way to respond. They each completed five different responses to the vocabulary. This was just practice with becoming comfortable using the Spanish greetings. In our second activity, student #1 and student #2 had to create and say an imaginary dialogue using a prompt. A correct response needed to include a formal greeting using the correct time of day ("buenas tardes"). I did not help either student create this impromptu dialogue, and was very impressed by how quickly they were able to respond to each others' greetings. Both students created four different impromptu dialogues using these different prompts. The most difficult part of this activity was using formal and informal greetings correctly. This again, will come with more practice. For the final activity of the lesson, student #1 and student #2 needed to "interview" each other using specific guidelines: a proper greeting, asking how the other is doing, asking the other person their name and where they are from, and finally an end to the conversation. Both students did very well with this last exercise. It was the end of the lesson, and was the hardest activity, but they kept their focus and practicing until we finished. I recommended that throughout the weekend, both students review the vocabulary and pronunciation of what we had learned."
"The student took the test on yesterday about vocabulary. She missed one, but feel confident about the majority of other vocabulary. We completed an activity today regarding the imperfect. After reviewing the material, I believe she felt more confident in her assignment."
"The student has an final exam on the subjects taught, thus we focused on the topics to be covered on the final exam. Struggles that I had noticed were the ability to remember certain vocabulary words and transitioning into conversation. His attitude is positive and very hopeful of the best results on the upcoming exam. We basically used the review packet and went through a thorough study of missed terms. His practice before the exam is to study the session notes and comments made by the tutor. I love working with him and I hope to see him succeed."
"Today was the first session. I checked the student's comprehension of spoken Spanish as well as his production. We revised grammar structures, formulating questions and answers. He said he wants to refresh some concepts and verbal tenses like the subjunctive, conditional sentences, irregular verbs and ser/ estar. To start with, we went through ser/ estar different uses. We saw examples, real life sentences, and he made writing exercises explaining why should we use ser or estar in each case. To wrap up, we saw examples of how using ser or estar can change the whole meaning of the sentence."
"The student and I reviewed for an upcoming test. We reviewed his homework assignments and went over key vocabulary (months, seasons, days of week, weather, time). Overall, he has a fairly good grasp of the material and should do well on the test."