Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued reviewing prepositions today and did a few activities from the book. We continued to study the difference between por and para, and in the practice sections he did very well identifying the uses. We touched on the verbs dejar, deber and parecer and their uses. We read another page from the book where we saw many of the concepts we had studied today."
"I used picture flashcards of verbs to ask the student questions that she had to respond to with various answers in the present tense. I asked her if she likes certain activities, what time she does various things, and what the people do in the pictures. She was challenged by the verb forms, but after practice she got much better. I left her with some practice exercises and a website to practice the verb conjugations. I gave her some mnemonic strategies to remember some verbs. She had a very positive attitude."
"We talked more about our geography project and started making a plan to finish out the school year. We also continued discussing the past tense and I left the student with work to finish writing about his daily routine."
"Today we started with phonetics, we learned the proper pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet and practice complex words that starts with ga, ge, gi, go, gu. Also practice spelling of some words and names."
"The student and I in our last session made a summary of the article he was reading in Spanish about politics. It is important to do these kinds of activities because it gives a greater command of the language, an active command, rather than a more passive command that comes with being a student. It was a productive session."
"We started out the session with conversation, focusing on family vocabulary which she had covered in the Spanish book she has. We had conversation in Spanish for 1 hour. Then we worked in her Spanish book. I got a copy of it before today's session, so I was able to follow along with her. The student made a lot of progress while working in the workbook and built up confidence with her correct answers. I told her that next session we will try working in the workbook first and then have conversation using the vocab that was covered. That way she can have confidence going into the conversation. She is already self correcting and using phrases in the correct context that she previously heard or read. These both show that she is progressing in her language learning. Very exciting! For homework, I recommended that she do a page a day in her workbook and make flashcards for vocab in chapters 1-3."
"The student and I reviewed her homework. She had some listening and speaking exercises, which we completed very quickly. We spent the next hour practicing the imperfect and preterite tenses in Spanish. She did a great job. My advice would be for her to take her time and think about irregular conjugations. The final half hour we worked on listening skills, by listening and translating a Marc Anthony song (Vivir Mi Vida). This song has easy grammar, but also taught her new vocabulary."
"I began this session by reviewing the student's homework. She did well in conjugating the verbs, but made a few errors using prepositions. I will cover prepositions with her in the future. I then went over formal positive and negative commands with her. I explained the difference between these commands and the rest. I had her practice these commands with worksheets that required her to conjugate the verb in parenthesis. She did very well in this section since she already knows how to conjugate these verbs in the subjunctive. For homework I asked her to complete a similar worksheet."
"We reviewed the last session, including the preterit and the imperfect tenses. This is the first lesson after some time that I met with the two students, so no grammar was introduced. We will be moving along with more past tenses and adding irregular verbs. Also did some conversational practice (included grammar of irregular verbs and future tenses). Extra practice was left of conjugating regular verbs in the preterit and imperfect."
"We covered a visit to the restaurant, how to order our food and a visit to the supermarket and how to ask for fruits, vegetables and meat. Students left with notes, books and cd's for further review."
"The student and I continued to cover questions, phrases, and vocabulary she might want to use at work. We are also thinking of creative ways of keeping Spanish at top-of-mind in case she has to travel or take a break. I notice her confidence markedly improving; she is progressing to be a very capable Spanish speaker and trying her hand at more live experience, which is key!"
"Today went well! We worked on the letters p-w. Even with all their energy they are learning well! I really enjoy working with them. Student 1 is particularly enthusiastic about learning Spanish. Student 2 was really excited and much less shy than less time. They are all picking up on it well and I see progress each time we meet. Can't wait for our next session!"