Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, I began by recapping the basic pronunciations that we worked on last time. After going through chapters 1-8, I wanted to practice a conversation to get the student up and moving a bit. We chatted back and forth in Chinese. She needs more help memorizing the terms/phrases on the conversation prompts, so if she could continue practicing these at home with a parent, that would be great. After this, we continued with the pronunciation workbook and made it through chapter 12. I will pick up next week by moving through a couple more chapters in that workbook and using flash cards to teach her some common foods."
"In review, we did more dictations, with compound words and sentences. Today I taught her several of the words she always uses but never knew how to write. Some of those words are a little complicated to write, but she was interested in it, so she managed to learn pretty well. For the last part of session, I told her a story of "donkey" in Chinese, and ask her to tell me back what I said in detail. For next time, I will show her the cartoon, and she has to re-tell me the story in Chinese. The homework is to review and practice the vocab and write 3 more sentences."
"We worked on how to ask and answer questions. I taught the student where, how much, what, and why. We formulated different kinds of questions and answered them. I will send her detailed lesson notes. I assigned her to really study verbs and sentence structure and we will review them next session."
"For this session, I tutored the students individually. They learned to write the Chinese radicals for white, moon, cave, clothing, and field by tracing the radicals and writing on their own. We also reviewed numbers 1-10, and we learned about numbers 11-19. Student one was here longer than student two, so she did an additional worksheet on coloring and reviewing the colors we learned, including yellow, pink, brown, green, purple, gray, blue, black, and red."
"I covered the next 12 letters in Pinyin with the student. The student has problems with the sound of "r" in Pinyin, which is fine. The way it is used in Chinese isn't too hard if you use it in the whole sentence. The student's attitude is awesome as usual. I taught her how to roll her tongue to speak Pinyin and some words in the right way. At the same time I taught her parts of Kenji as well as the pronunciation. I had left a list of the numbers zero to ten in Kenji for her."
"I had a good lesson with the student today. We renewed her familiarity with some words from earlier in our lessons. In the future, I think it might be a good idea to get her set up with a beginner's textbook. That way, as we continue to progress, she can have a sounder basis for her vocabulary. I will be in contact about recommendations for a book."