Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we worked again on DO and IO pronoun. In addition we worked on combining both grammar structures using their corresponding pronouns. We learned that when combined the IO comes before the DO and always both of them before the verb. The student seemed to have understood this concept very well. We need to work more on it, not because he is having a hard time with this grammar structure, but because it is still new and will be on his upcoming test. Lastly we worked on formal commands and vocabulary on the kitchen. The formal commands conjugations change to the present tense subjunctive. He has not learned this tense yet, however he is learning it indirectly through this grammar structure. The conjugations are easy to learn because he needs to memorize the "you formal" and "you all formal" conjugations."
"Great job today! We reviewed conjugations of regular verbs in the workbook, and then differentiated between por and para in the workbook. And we finished with giving some directions. We will work more in that area next time."
"We worked on question words today. We reviewed their meaning with a matching exercise and studied sentences where the question words where missing. The student needed to fill in the blanks with the right question words in Spanish. The strategy I gave him was to pay attention to the answer given so that he could find out what was the information requested. I also invited him to translate the questions and sentences in English to make sure that the option chosen made sense. We will continue to work on this topic next session and take time to analyze each sentence."
"The student and I went over our second lesson today. We began with a short review of yesterday's topics and used recently introduced vocabulary terms in a mini-dialogue. We transitioned today to a lesson conducted primarily in Spanish, with English used when necessary for clarification. We covered subject pronouns in greater detail today and focused on the difference between the two Spanish verbs ser and estar, which both translate to "to be" in English. We introduced additional vocabulary, including the days of the week, numbers, and interrogative pronouns. We practiced specific phrases that he will be able to utilize in his interactions with the family babysitter. Tomorrow, we will focus on present indicative verb conjugations in greater detail and introduce additional relevant phrases."
"Today was a vocabulary day. We had Spanish flashcards with various topics such as animals, outside things, professions, technology, and transport. I brought another Spanish-speaking friend, and we used the cards and played Taboo until somebody guessed the correct word in that category. Next time, we'll read some books in Spanish."
"The student had just begun a new chapter in his text, so we looked at the material that had been introduced: the present tense of the verb "tener," along with vocabulary dealing with family and festivities. He completed a homework assignment (a fill-in-the-blank exercise), which he knew pretty well, and then we practiced the new material by pantomiming situations for the other to guess in Spanish. He was quite engaged by that!"