Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First was with Student E. We played "five chess game" where we exercised dialog in Chinese, then we reviewed dates, as well as 12 months chart. Then we read the "animal book" where he has to read and identify the words he has learned in the past. The new vocab for today is: rooster and duck. The homework is to finish the worksheet. Second was Student C. We also played "five chess game" then we used her "cake" toy to practice identifying and saying the colors, the new vocab during this exercise was: brown and exchange. Through this exercise she became more fluent in identifying and calling out the colors. After this she also reviewed the first page of the "animal book." Today's homework is to finish the worksheet."
"This session was dedicated to learning in detail the cardinal numbers, from 1 to 1000, their pronunciation, and the way to write them. The student learned how to write the numbers from 30 on, separating the two figures by the conjunction and. He understood the difference between the cardinal and the ordinal numbers. I provided a complementary study material, so that he can use it for future needs regarding the way to write or pronounce figures of 1, 2, 3, or more digits. As always, this class is highly interactive with a great participation and interest shown by the student."
"To start our session, the student and I did an activity to help her with her demonstrative pronouns. We both used the whiteboard to draw a scene, and then she wrote sentences in Spanish to describe the scene using the demonstrative pronouns. She is feeling more confident with them. Next, we went over stem-changing and irregular verbs in the present. I taught her the trick with the boot so she can remember which conjugations change their stems. After she conjugated some stem-changing verbs on her own, we made a chart of some common irregulars and stem-changers. Then, she used the verbs in the chart to write her own sentences. At the end, I had her copy down the chart on paper so each session more verbs could be added. Hopefully, this organizational tool will help her remember which verbs are what kind of stem-changers."
"We went into travel vocabulary and situations from the airport to the hotel then to the restaurant. We used this session more as an opportunity to chat and practice fluidity before the student's trip. She still seems to be progressing and enjoying herself. We plan to talk about her trip to Mexico in our next session and review any questions she might have."
"We covered Spanish verb conjugation, both regular and irregular. I introduced the infinitive form of Spanish verbs. We went over the dangers of translating literally from one language to another. I asked him questions in Spanish, and he answered in Spanish. We covered the use of Spanish pronouns in sentences and how they differ from English pronouns. He needs to make sure he recognizes which form a verb is taking and in which tense it is. Spanish irregular verbs can be tricky since they do not change like regular verbs. We will practice this more next time. He retains concepts well. He has a good attitude toward the material."
"The student got a list of Chinese conjunction words from a Chinese teacher to help her prepare for the Chinese courses in college. She read some before the session and took some notes. Many conjunctions share the same meanings. I gave at least one example for each conjunction. Some were rare and barely used by Chinese speakers nowadays. Every time I thought about an example, I tried to use familiar and simple words for the student."