Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we completed chapter 4B. We are still working on the Ir verb and places to go. Today we worked on ir + a + infinitive. In addition, started working on jugar which is a stem-changing verb. Also, started working on new vocabulary."
"In this session I had the girls review the first twelve letters of the Spanish alphabet they have learned. They did a really good job remembering and pronouncing them correctly. After this we also reviewed the words for feelings and emotions that they learned last week. Then we went on to learning the phrase for good night and a list of animals as we read a story, 'Buenas Noches Gorilla'. The girls enjoyed the story and the activity of finding the animals throughout the pages as I called their names out in Spanish. Then I had them repeat it several times with me. They did a great job remembering most of the animals."
"We worked on building up sentences using the names of the days of the week, names of the month, using past tense verbs and building new vocabulary . Practice using the new words building sentences in question form."
"The student wanted some help with her Spanish, in which she has a test tomorrow. We went over the vocabulary together and tried to come up with mnemonics to remember them."
"This was our first session. The student has an exam coming up, and prior to our meeting, she sent me materials that were to be covered on her exam. During our session, I asked her if there was anything specific she wanted to cover, but instead, we just did an overall review on the first chapter, which covered basic theory and the philosophy of linguistics. We also began to touch on subjects in the second chapter that she is to be tested on this Thursday. The student showed some concern but had an overall positive attitude towards the material. I ensured her that with discipline and repetition, these concepts will reveal to be easier and easier."
"The student and I reviewed the materials we focused on last session, including verb conjugations and vocabulary. We learned new "around the house" vocabulary words, including both words for rooms in the house and objects around the house. We also learned four new verbs and their conjugations in the present tense. We focused on the grammar point of "gustar" and how to conjugate it using indirect object pronouns while agreeing with the object. We practiced translation and speaking using the new vocabulary and verbs. I left him with pages in his book to practice and vocabulary to add to his notebook."
"The student and I studied the vocabulary of volunteer work and learned to conjugate new verbs. We also completed a few exercises on his workbook. He is learning a lot with his continued effort!"
"We first covered what the client wanted to gain from our sessions and what words and phrases the client already knew. We went over the pronunciation of Spanish vowels and consonants. We then reviewed various food and drink vocabulary before going over present-tense conjugations of the verb 'tener.' We finished the session with conversation in Spanish about our travels and jobs and a quiz of the Spanish alphabet and food and drink vocabulary. The client remembered all food/drink vocabulary and the alphabet when quizzed."
"Today, the student and I worked on the culture of the Dominican Republic as well as review of grammar. We worked through the cultural information in his text book, answering questions using complete sentences and correct grammar and vocabulary. He also wrote a short essay in response to a prompt. Before moving on, we reviewed direct object pronouns and formal commands from the week before. This week's Spanish grammar focused on indirect object pronouns and the use of the verb 'gustar'. The student's understanding of direct object pronouns helped him master the indirect object pronouns. We did several examples and worked through some of his homework. The student had also had past experience with the verb 'gustar' and demonstrated a great understanding of its use. We decided to call it a day and meet again later in the week to prep for an exam."
"Today was our last class. We looked over everything that we worked on from day one. This included: conversational phrases on money, atm, bank, transportation, directions, reservations, hotels, prepositions, and blogs. We spoke mostly Spanish. He has a good foundation. He needs to keep going over the vocabulary and listening to Spanish media."
"Today we went over very basic and introductory vocabulary including the alphabet, numbers, colors, common farm animals, and basic greetings and goodbyes. Student A is struggling a little bit when prompted to read a phrase or word that hasn't been repeated to him already. Student B is very quick to pick up vocabulary and phrases and his pronunciation on Spanish-only letters is very good. I suggested that the family use a website to make flash cards of common vocabulary words that they want to remember as well as offering another website as a very helpful English-Spanish online dictionary for reference. This session has been very good to gauge where Student A, B, and C are in terms of their aptitude for learning the language as well as how much material is realistic to cover within our timeframe of two hours."
"In my last session with this student, we worked primarily on his understanding of tense, and I introduced the future a little bit as well. For him, the biggest challenge will be, like many students of Spanish, getting practice and also drilled in correctly using the Spanish language's extremely complicated verb conjugation patterns. He did pretty well though, I am pleased."