Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the pronunciation of short words and strong syllables. We did a vocal exercise where the student and I would converse and I would correct him as we went along."
"Worked on clothing vocabulary and describing what people are wearing using a worksheet they used to identify and color items. Explained April fools day. Apparently Easter in Finland is like Halloween here."
"The student took an exam to help distinguish a level of Spanish and English for future lesson development. Then we focused on the sound of each letter of the alphabet and different words that emphasize the sounds. The subtle differences between 'B,P,V, and D' were noted as an area to focus on since these sounds are sometimes used interchangeably in Spanish."
"This week, the student and I reviewed some phrasal verbs and vocabulary related to phrasal verbs, and he did an extended writing exercise trying to use more complex, multi-clause sentences. We reviewed his writing and discussed active vs passive voice and some grammar points."
"Student and I worked on gerunds and infinitives. We worked through her textbook and read a few texts. We also worked on some writing problems in which she had to use gerunds and infinitives. She is progressing a lot, and becoming more confident in her speaking abilities."
"To begin the session, I showed a short introductory video that showed people meeting for the first time. We spent a lot of time reviewing the homework that I had left for her, which included a translation of some dialogues that we had previously worked with and a worksheet that had her put together sentences with a focus on conjugating verbs (to be, to have, to want) in the present tense. I guided her through a similar exercise today during our session; this time we were able to focus also on her pronunciation. Lastly, we worked on describing a variety of emotions."
"Today we used our session to establish the student's goals and to assess where she is with English. I gave her an assessment and started by reading the questions and reading through the answers with her. We assessed that she would like to work on the past and present and future tenses of particular verbs. Her description and narration skills are great and we will work to hone those, build vocabulary in all areas. After the assessment, we maintained an hour of solid conversation time, transitioning to various topics. Topics ranged from, cooking, describing preferences, her favorite activities, describing other people, her dislikes, and traveling."
"Hit the ground running today, quite literally. We jogged to a park and talked about his week. We tested at the park and I had him tell me a memory that makes him laugh to trigger more elaborate, colorful adjectives. We concluded the lesson by the pool; we talked about the weather, adding to his overall diction, and expanding on more verbs and vocabulary."
"The student and I are continuing to read Newsweek and USA Today articles of interest to him where we each trade off reading a paragraph. I will then quiz him on certain vocabulary words and details from the text. The student learned new words like "paltry," "unprecedented," "penchant," and "inadequate," in addition to our newest words such as "vague," "vernacular," and onomatopoeia's like "retch" and "wrench"."
"Today we reviewed the alphabet and the student has improved tremendously! We also translated together a popular Spanish song into English, making it a point of conversation for English sentence structure."
"We went over present tense regular verb conjugations. We focused a lot of "to want" and "to have." We also looked at "s" and "th" pronunciations."
"Introductory conversation and practice. Speaking subjects included home/family life, cultural comparisons, and travel experience."