Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we practiced intonation during an hour-long skit exercise. I would assign scenarios and characters and the student and I would converse as means of practicing pronunciation, sentence structure and intonation. During our second hour, we read about the American Revolution and completed a practice work sheet about the pronunciation of words that end in "s"."
"We worked on her daily project, then checked all of her homework as well as a previous test. She is doing great on keeping up with studying and being really willing to learn. We worked a bit on book reading as well."
"This morning we reviewed our Q&As. Body parts, days of the week, months, and telling time. Practiced asking and answering Q's using the above. More practice on counting and adding in English."
"Today we reviewed the "even" sentences that she had written for homework. We talked about the difference between talk, speak, say, and tell, then we moved on to using the past perfect tense. She also gave me a summary of her book so far and gave me her opinions on the main character."
"We covered enunciation, vocabulary, pronunciation and sentence/voice-construction - via alliterations mostly, but also through his own writing. In the beginning his words choice and pronunciation were rough with unfamiliar words, as well as those with a different phonetic structure than he has become comfortable with or has similarities to his first language. However, as we progressed to longer and longer words/sentences through repetition, he was able to and started actively correcting his word formation subconsciously, which was a good sign."
"In my first lesson with the student, we focused mainly on his CV and the cover letter for his job application. We also had a "mock interview" where I asked him questions that might come up in his interview at the end of the month. He answered all of the questions thoroughly and very clearly. We will work on bullet point-style responses to these questions while focusing on a variety of idioms and phrases that might be useful for him. Following the mock interview, he worked on some grammar exercises that are essential in business English and his results were very good. Like every other lesson, he continues to work hard and keep a positive attitude toward his goals. I have been very impressed."
"I had found a copy of a practice test for entry into a college program and had given that to the student at our last session. She had completed some of it, and we reviewed the elements of that. I had also found a book resource for her to further practice, and she had just gotten that book, so we looked through it together to make sure that she understood what the book was about. We also talked about book options for her to get more reading done and developed a good list of possible books to read."
"During this session, we worked more on greetings and giving personal information. I started to gradually introduce some more vocabulary, such as basic food words and family members. We focused a lot on the present tense form of "to be", and we did some exercises that involved filling in sentences in English and translating them into Spanish. The student is struggling with understanding the difference between "Where are you from?" and "Where are you?". She is doing really well with numbers; she's pretty much mastered numbers 1-100."
"We are focusing on putting in practice the concepts the student already knows, which are plenty. I don't believe he needs a "teaching" dynamic per se, but rather a guided practicing dynamic where he can actually use what he knows."
"The student continues to progress in vocabulary, correctly identifying the definition for "pacifist," "pending," "perceptive," "precarious," and "quicksilver" on his most recent quiz. We went over some new words as well, contrasting adjectives having to do with the country ("rustic," "rural," "bucolic," "pastoral") with those describing city dwellers ("cosmopolitan," "urbane"). He is enjoying the Calvin & Hobbes collection I lent him and it is providing him with a fun and engaging way of learning new vocabulary in combination with colloquial American speech."
"Today, we did a review of the alphabetic sounds from last week; the student showed progress on the knowledge of the letters and their sounds, especially 'z'. We worked on pronunciation and reading skills of a few short excerpts. The sounds we focused on most were the 'th' and 't' (as in the words 'weather' and 'water'), trying to think of other words that use them to increase understanding of the sound. We used more of the English language during our session than last week to encourage its practice. I left the student with the reading excerpts to be read aloud for English practice, and also drew a picture of the placement of the tongue and mouth when making the sounds 'th' and 't'."
"We read through a news article and reviewed any confusing vocabulary words, as well as answering questions based on the article. After, we did some listening exercises, and she really improved. Finally, we went over some common idiomatic expressions. I gave her a short writing prompt to work on throughout the week, and gave her some material that we'll review in our next session. Overall I thought she did a great job."