Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed present tense verbs, irregular verbs, modifying adjectives to noun, "ir a infinitive" and present progressive. Then we started learning the past tense and practiced translating English to Spanish."
"I was really happy to see that the student did very well on her homework from the night before. It is clear that she has a good grasp of the past tenses (one of the more confusing grammatical topics in Spanish 2), and we decided to move on to different topics in our second session. We began with a survey of the many and varied uses of POR and PARA, both of which are often translated into English as "for." The student expressed comfort with these uses during our session, and I've assigned her homework to reinforce her knowledge of the distinction, since it is very easy to forget these seemingly arbitrary differences without sufficient practice. She also let me know that she was having a degree of trouble knowing when to use future versus conditional forms of verbs in Spanish, so after I verified that she was fluent in conjugating these forms, we took an in-depth look at their individual uses. We discussed how each of these forms makes use of a helping verb in English ("will" versus "would"), and each is conjugated in Spanish by appending an ending to the infinitive (unconjugated form) of a verb (-Ã‰, -ÃÅS, etc. versus -ÃçAS, ÃçA, etc.). We paid special attention to the use of the future and conditional in clauses occasioned by the word SI ("if"), and studied how these SI clauses largely have exact parallel forms in English. Towards the end of the session, I introduced a new tense (the -ARA, -ARAS, etc. forms) that is used with the conditional to express a hypothetical situation. I assigned her practice with his verb form in her homework and plan to review its use again during our next session."
"Today we put together sentences that utilized the most basic of verbs. We went over pronunciation and possible phrases that the student might use when doing business. We also went over the information that he might want to know when traveling. We reviewed verbs and grammar rules and vocabulary. He is going to practice his Spanish, and we will meet again when he returns from business."