Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student H: -word exercise: last letter first -synonym versus antonym -build words from prepared letters -read a few pages from new fact book Student A: -word building and vocabulary expansion -synonym versus antonym -read a few pages from new fact book"
"The two girls and I worked today on question words (who? what? why? where? when? how?) and vocabulary associated with a day at the beach. They have moments in which they are not super keen to participate in speaking, but it is apparent that, with consistent exposure to a native English speaker, they are comprehending and digesting much. I don't doubt they will pick up the language quite quickly when the school year starts."
"Today, the student and I discussed some passages from the Bible as a way to discuss vocabulary. We also touched briefly on verb tenses versus mood. When we meet next we will work more on verbs and also discuss some strategies that may be effective for his work as a priest."
"We spoke mostly about the student's work in Iran and travel. I said I would find some good ESL materials this weekend so that she could practice grammar after our lessons, and suggested also reading Bible passages in English to go along with her Bible studies at her Iranian church. I emailed her a list of the vocabulary that came up this session."
"Today we did a lesson on the use of present progressive to talk about everyday activities. We learned the correct grammar structure and did a variety of activities to practice. We also incorporated asking wh questions with the same structure. The student appeared to grasp the concept well and was able to correctly use it on his own. There were a few new vocabulary words and expressions. We also took some time to focus on correct pronunciation and question intonation. It was a great class."
"We continued with hard to pronounce sounds. The student is making great progress on the "th" and remembering without prompt to pronounce it clearly. We practiced the different sounds of -ed, past tense, i.e.. /t/, /d/, /ed/. We reviewed synonyms and definitions of new words."
"The student and I had a fantastic session, immersed in conversation on the most different subjects and worlds. It's now a natural part of our rhythm and his already excellent level of English is growing and growing. Together we always touch on English nuances and share feedback as we go along. We always learn beautiful and common new expressions too. I can't wait for our future sessions."
"After a week break, the student was very excited to begin lessons again. We briefly reviewed daily routines and pronouns. She has a very good grasp of male and female pronouns. She quickly grasped the introduction of "it" and enjoyed reading the related story, "Aliens of Planet Zorg." We finished the lesson by reading more of "Inside Out.""
"In this session the student and I continued with idioms, but focused on the application and practice of using them. I provided situations for her to apply idioms from last week and practice using them in response or conversation. Over the weekend, she signed up for a video streaming website and watched a couple of animated series in English. We practiced summarizing what she viewed over the weekend with the use of some idioms. Lastly, we continued to practice with magazine articles, some of which are still the most challenging for her. For our next session, she will read through the same magazine articles at home and chose an idiom that she will try to use in conversation at least twice."
"We spent almost the whole session reading. We started off with a version of "Little Red Riding Hood" and then read a Fancy Nancy book and started a third. The student's reading is really improving-she didn't have to ask any questions while reading "Little Red Riding Hood." We went over a few vocab/ grammar points based on the other two books (including some information about formatting after she asked what a paragraph was). I'm glad she still has questions. She was very eager to read and definitely more interested in reading than grammar today, so we'll definitely do some grammar exercises on Friday. For homework, she's supposed to study flashcards on days of the week and months, which we'll go over on Friday."
"The student and I started with a vocabulary warm-up, going over banking terms. Then, we reviewed the homework, in which she took 10 drawings and had to write what was happening in each photo. She did a very good job on this, and did well explaining orally what she wanted to say. I was able to correct the written sentences as well. We completed a worksheet that we had not finished from Thursday. Then, we picked back up on practice with the present progressive. We did a worksheet in which she had to indicate which tense would be used: the simple present or the present progressive. This proved to be a real challenge for her, though she seemed to understand both topics separately just fine. I took the time to break down the usages of each tense again several times. I think she understood it much better afterwards. We will continue to practice this to ensure she understands it."
"We covered various parts of speech and what the functions were, subjects and predicates, and the various ways conjunctions can connect different types of clauses. We proofread a writing sample and did some pronunciation work. In addition, we discussed strategies for learning and using new vocabulary words. The student is willing to do some homework, so I will be emailing him some useful ESL sites to get some extra practice."