Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We read a story from our list we've been working on, called "Pueblo de brujos." We particularly concentrated on the verbs and their participle, their gerund, and their imperatives. When we were finished we rewatched most of one of our first videos. He really has made progress. As long as we slow down the video and remind where needed, the student understood the spoken words very well."
"The student and I began by playing some Mad Libs in Spanish. This was helpful to her, as she was able to remember different parts of speech, translating, and was even able to learn a few new words. It became apparent that she did not know a lot of words for animals, so we did a mini lesson on animal vocabulary and names. I think she enjoyed this, as it was fun, but also helpful to her. She definitely remembers a lot of Spanish concepts, vocabulary, and conjugations, despite having been on summer break. Finally, I played a new song for her, "El Perdon," and we translated the lyrics. She expressed to me that her biggest concern is with listening to Spanish and comprehending it. I will be sure to look for videos, songs, and other resources that could help her with this. I also made a few movie and TV suggestions to her if she wants to try to do some listening skills on her own."
"We covered some of the more complex Spanish grammar for the majority of our lesson and went over topics that included the subjunctive tense (and when it should be used) and the use of participles, both past and present. The student had a great attitude and it was very enjoyable to work with her. I could sense a bit of nervousness in the beginning of the lesson but by the end she was speaking quite well and we were able to make some good progress. She has a pretty good overall knowledge of the language as it is taught, but still needs work with grammar and building vocabulary. At the end of the session we spent fifteen minutes or so in conversation, and that was a good chance to practice some of the concepts we went over and to further evaluate some of the things that we will need to work on together in the future. Good lesson and I am looking forward to more!"
"During this session, I helped the student identify adjectives in couple of readings. We also went over the homework I assigned him in the previous class. Such homework included several activities including; the use of the verb ser, the adjectives, los articulos definidos e indefinidos. We also went over the personal pronouns and their uses as well as the difference between Ser and Estar. It was a very good class."
"Today we reviewed some previous information, looking at ir + a + infinitive. We went over gustar-like verbs. The student still needs practice with those (understandably). She asked to look at time so we talked about how to express what time it is and at what time events occur. She did very well! We need to review the numbers somewhat, but she got the time expressions down pretty well. For homework she is going to write about the plans of other people using ir + a + infinitive."
"I was able to review many topics with the student including greetings, courtesies, name, age, origin, days of the week, numbers, calendar/ dates, the weather, and the time. She felt reenergized by our session, and we will continue to review by doing exercises using a textbook. The student felt very comfortable using a textbook during our session and would like to continue to use one in the future. She will listen to Spanish radio, and the news as much as she can before our next session. We will meet again next Tuesday."