Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student has just returned from Colombia and is interested in learning the language as a traveler, I asked her to tell me what during her travels she felt most like she wanted to be able to express. She told me that her greatest impediment to initiating conversation with native speakers was not knowing how to ask certain staple questions (e.g., How do I get to . . .?), so today we began with interrogatives (e.g., ¿Adonde? ¿Cuando?). I explained the meaning of each, then gave her some example questions in which to use them. I asked her to memorize the interrogative words by our next session, and I'm going to use them to start building her traveler's lexicon, and grammar will come along the way. She still remembers some things, such as gender and number rules for nouns and adjectives and the conjugations of regular verbs."
"The student and I worked on his Spanish for the coming week. He has a quiz on Friday on the imperfect. I also reviewed his English homework after finishing his Spanish."
"During this class, the student and I discussed San Manuel Bueno, Martir, a short novel he read for homework."
"Today, the student and I completed lesson 29. We started with our normal warm-up conversation, and I provided corrections when necessary. For today's lesson we spent time going over mainly the imperfect tense. We spent time talking about how to express events in the past. We also did exercises where I shared a short story and then had her repeat it to me in a summary fashion. This exercise helped us to reinforce using the verb decir in the present indicative and the preterite, along with combining it with indirect subject pronouns. We also spent time going over the difference of using por or de when saying in the morning, afternoon, evening."
"Today, we began by practicing reading skills. We worked through some online examples of reading passages and answering questions, and then used some that were through the online platform. These were great examples to use because there were explanations for the answers, although we didn't need them because the student answered everything correctly! He uses context clues so strongly. Even though he didn't always know all the words, he was still able to figure out the overall meaning of every passage. We then spent the second half talking about the future and conditional tenses. We reviewed how to conjugate each form, and then reviewed the irregulars and practiced writing sentences with those. I quizzed him on what the 12 irregular forms and stems were, and he did a great job remembering most of them all on his own. In the coming weeks, we will increase time spent on reading comprehension and will review the six forms of Spanish "perfect" tenses, as well as some final grammatical points."
"Today, we began learning the verb "ir" as well as some new vocabulary of locations (bank, post office, shopping mall, etc.)."