Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my first session with this student today, we read from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the passage for which I tested him on reading comprehension. We worked on fricative pronunciation and did a few relevant tongue twisters."
"Today's session was split between Student A and Student H. Student A completed the word search that Student H created; Student H completed the word search that Student A created. For both students, the concept and use of a Venn diagram was introduced. Both immediately knew what type of information goes in the overlapping section. These will be completed next time."
"The student did very well today. This lesson we focused on describing people and animals. Tina learned new words "fat" vs "skinny," "strong" vs "weak," and "fast" vs "slow." She completed a sentence writing exercise where she described 6 different animals by saying if they were big, small, fast, etc. We read a short story called "Monster Friends." This story was very good for describing the people in the story. She had a major win as she answered in a complete sentence at least three of the questions I asked her! We finished the lesson by reading from the "Inside Out" comic book, which she continues to enjoy."
"Yesterday afternoon, the student and I began our session by playing a card game. The cards had vowel combinations and a picture giving an example of a word. He thought of more words with the same pattern. Next, we did partner reading of a story from the ESL textbook. It was about a bear who moved from place to place because he could not sleep. The student liked the story. He laughed at the funny parts. Finally, he completed pages from the ESL workbook. He worked on his own with very little prompting. He is doing very well."
"Yesterday, the students were very talkative and interested in choosing their own topics of conversation. They seemed more sure of their speaking and were confident in expressing themselves. They are beginning to take a more proactive approach in their learning."
"We read two picture books for about 45 minutes. The student read aloud the whole time. Even though she's eager to read some more challenging books, I think it's best to stick to picture books for now so she can better understand some of the vocab. She brought a chapter book and read about a page but told me she didn't understand it. After that, we went over days of the week (how to pronounce, spell, and write them) and I gave her some worksheets for homework. She knew the days but had trouble spelling them. At the end, we went over some questions from the citizenship exam textbook. She has no problem memorizing answers, but I'm trying to help her understand the actual concepts and words (for example, she knew what the Pledge of Allegiance was but didn't know "pledge" or "allegiance"). I mentioned this to her and she was fully on board and really wants to understand the material."
"We started the session with a quiz. They are both doing better with vocabulary. Then we practiced asking for directions and getting around via bus and rail. I introduced both to different terms for clothing and accessories. We practiced salutations, and I left them with homework for the next session."
"In our first lesson, we got to know each other and the student explained his previous experience learning English. He discussed his professional background and in what areas he would like to improve his English for his current position. We discussed general business topics and his experience with various supervisors and managing styles so I could get a sense of his current English. Additionally, we discussed his responsibilities for his current role. We also discussed the format of the lessons, with 2 sessions focusing on verbal skills and 1 session on writing. He manages and coaches people, so he would like his English to improve so he can communicate better and understand his native English speaking colleagues. A great introductory session. For our next session, we will focus on writing and I asked him to gather a few samples of typical writing for his position."
"We continued with my reading materials which provide for reading comprehension and vocabulary development. We reviewed a narrative writing that the student produced to practice the past tense. We continued to read a chapter book out loud."
"We focused on verb tenses and conjugations. Students were able to make comparisons with verb forms in Spanish and caught on to patterns. We also reviewed the WH words (questioning words) and students created questions that are commonly asked of them or that they need to ask during the work day."
"We finished our discussion on jobs by doing mock interviews, first reading from a script, then by us asking each other questions that the other had to answer. I was also able to provide constructive correction to the paragraph the student wrote for homework. Then we moved on to the topic "At the Bank." We looked at an illustration without words and talked about what happened. I introduced bank vocabulary and we went over the terms she did not know. Then we read a dialogue about opening a bank account. This session, the student seemed more intentional about speaking English, and not defaulting to Spanish--this will quickly pay off!"
"We started by exploring the English that the student already knows. She clearly understands a great deal, and she already has a good vocabulary. We are working on her speaking skills. Using American TV, we learned a variety of relevant phrases and practiced discussing different topics from the show. She is a very eager and quick learner."