Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since we had covered a lot of ground in the past couple of weeks, we used this week's class to focus on consolidation and filling in any gaps or answering questions that the student had. We spent most of the class doing conversational practice, incorporating what he had learned about present tense verbs, describing people and feelings, and talking about interests and preferences using gustar-like verbs. We also did a systematic review of possessive pronouns, which we had only touched on in a piecemeal fashion before. He is showing significant improvement in his ability to hold a continuous conversation, rather than just speaking in a few discrete phrases."
"We began with our usual conversation and then discussed a couple of the exercises that the student has been working on dealing with adverbs, number/gender, and some vocabulary."
"After getting a sense of student's skill level during the introductory session, I prepared activities that would strengthen the student's vocabulary and grammar. Student was asked to read an article aloud and translate each sentence. Student tripped over a few words, and I kept track of which building-block words he had missed. Student then transferred these building-block words to index cards so he would have flash cards. Student also learned how to make a verb-conjugation flip book. We filled the book with the six most commonly used verbs in Spanish and conjugated them in the present tense. The session ended with reading and translating another Spanish-language article. The articles were derived from the children's section of the Argentinian government's website."
"Today, the student and I completed lesson 30. We started with our normal warm-up conversation, and I provided corrections when necessary. For today's lesson, we spent time going over the past perfect. We spent time talking about how to combine the auxiliary verb had with the past participle. Likewise, we reviewed had to form past participles and went over a few of the common irregular participles. We combined the past perfect with the imperfect tense and did translation exercises where we translated from both English to Spanish and Spanish to English."
"Today, we began by reviewing when we use preterite and when we use imperfect. The student did a great job of running through the conjugations of each one and did great on the practice quiz I gave him. We then reviewed some of the irregulars we talked about last week and spent the majority of the time working on preterite irregulars, such as -car, -gar, -zar verbs, and verbs like traer. We also worked through examples for all the stem-changers, such as estar and andar. He is such a fast learner and quickly remembered and successfully conjugated the irregulars. He did a fantastic job on the practice test I gave him at the end. We spent some time discussing verbs he brought up in the last session that change meanings between imperfect and preterite and finally did a brief review of usted and nosotros commands, which he picked up very quickly. Next session, we will begin working on the subjunctive!"
"Today, we came up with different phone call scenarios and worked on how to respond to them. We reviewed phrases like lo siento, confirmar su cita, mover su cita, se encuentra tal persona, and o puedo hablar con ________. Then, we looked at a PowerPoint with numerous images and vocabulary. We covered body parts, food, object, animals, and toys."