Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session was split between the two students. The focus for both students today was vocabulary. Each student created a word search for the other to complete during the next tutoring session. They chose words they knew, and Student A created a brief written description while Student H gave an oral description."
"In our first session today, the two girls and I worked on colors, shapes, the alphabet, and numbers 1-10. They are brand new non-native English speakers, so we are getting the ball rolling with basic phonics and repeat pronunciation."
"This afternoon, the student spent the first part of the session completing workbook pages. We reviewed rhyming word families, found words in a word search puzzle, and practiced filling in the missing day of the week. As a break from writing in the workbook, he read a story about going to the zoo. We talked about what animals he would like to see at the zoo and he drew a picture of himself with a tiger on the last page of the story. Finally, he returned to the workbook and picked one last page to do. When we meet again, I will bring flash cards which I think he will enjoy as another way of taking a quick break from the books while still learning."
"Today we discussed some of the student's life. We agreed on a more concrete plan for every meeting which should help us to direct our conversations. We also identified verbs as a place that needs some improvement."
"We read for an hour, and the student's reading skills continue to improve. She only had questions about a few words. After that, we went over a few words in the book that I saw she was having trouble with (one/ once/ only) and I had to explain to her that not all words in English follow pronunciation rules/ patterns. We finished with a little grammar review of "to be" and I gave her homework to practice the conjugation. She also has a worksheet to do to fill in the blanks with one/ once/ only. I also gave her some ways to practice at home (practicing writing the alphabet and numbers, listening to music, and watching TV). She was very eager to read and says she wants to keep reading every session, and I agree. Our lessons often stem off the vocab/ grammar encountered in the books."
"The student continues to make improvements. Our lesson today covered the present continuous, or verbs ending with -ing. She completed both speaking and writing exercises and was very interested in the material. We finished the lesson by reading the first 20 pages of the "Inside Out" comic book. She really enjoyed the story and the pictures provided her with an excellent opportunity to practice using present continuous verbs."
"For our first session, the student and I covered what he wants out of our sessions. His three goals are: 1) speaking correctly; 2) speaking fluently; and 3) accent reduction. We chatted about his background and his desire to better communicate with his peers and coworkers. We started our first session by reading an article about a teenager selecting the architect for his parents' home. I had the student read aloud, tell me the words he didn't understand, and explain his impressions about the article to me. I helped him correctly pronounce words and explained expressions to him. Particularly, we talked about "settling" vs "settling down." We also discussed using good vs well."
"We started the session with a review of conversations we had worked on before: asking how to catch a bus, where, when and where it goes. Then we worked on how to order drinks, food, dessert, and how to ask for a check at a restaurant. Then we practiced the main vocabulary categories I had shared with them before--family members, colors, animals and directions. I left them with homework to keep practicing."
"In our third session, the student and I looked through the structure we have been using to see if any changes were necessary. We decided to use a different app from the one that we had been using. Aside from that, everything else is flowing nicely. We discussed and practice how to fill empty space in conversations naturally or what to do when you can't remember a word. She watched a movie of choice over the weekend and in this session we did a read-through of the script; we also read through a couple of radio talk show transcripts. For our next session, we will be looking through the new app, a magazine, and idioms."
"We learned more vocabulary relating to directions, cities, and transportation. We also learned how to construct interrogative sentences with "question words" (why, what, when, etc.) as well as "yes or no" questions."
"We reviewed the rhymes and tongue twisters from Wednesday, to see the student's retention and continue pronunciation practice. Then we went over action verbs to focus on vocabulary and conversation. For each verb we covered what the action was, if he liked it, and then expanded upon it through conversation. We finished the lesson with some songs that we had covered earlier in our lessons. Overall, I've seen a significant improvement in his confidence, knowledge and use of English."
"We continued practicing writing and reading the alphabet, and we went over letter sounds. We then brainstormed animals we would find on a farm, and we sounded the words out together and the student wrote them. I then wrote other animals and things we would find outside and had her read the words by sounding out the letters. She was great in the session and is very excited to learn."