Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began this session with a review of previous flashcard/vocabulary words. The student and his mother had obviously practiced the words, as he breezed through most of them, leaving just a handful of previous vocabulary words to review. I had prepared an additional twenty vocabulary flashcards for this session. The vocabulary topics were means of transportation and some household items. We reviewed these words several times through. Next, we continued reading a French storybook we had been enjoying on the previous two lessons. We were both curious to learn how the story would end. After the story, we reviewed the new vocabulary once more before moving on to the personal "student" storybook I created for him this week. The book describes little adventures where the student is the main character. I always incorporate vocabulary and expressions from previous lessons into the stories. This time, the student wanted to fill in the words on his own. I spelled them in French, and he filled in the blanks himself. We ended the lesson with some pictures of the Chateau de Versailles. We also did a final review of the new vocabulary flashcards plus a short exercise, testing what didn't belong in the series of four items. For our next session, I hope to create lessons where he might be able to put three/four word sentences together. Again, I'll be using pictures as the little student is just beginning to learn to sound out letters. Tonight's lesson was a very satisfying one for both the student and for me, as well. He was very cooperative, seemed to enjoy our new words and stories, and remained engaged in the lesson until the very end. It was a great evening."
"He worked some on the homework. Then we moved on to the most recent assignments. He is starting to read faster, and he keeps getting better at self-correcting. We covered the reading from his book as well; he needed help with the -er sound and with the silent -ent at the end of some verbs. We will keep repeating and practicing. On the whole, he is making a lot of progress; his reading keeps getting better, and he is able to memorize more complex word spellings."
"The student and I had been unable to meet last week due to scheduling issues so we mostly focused on reviewing material today since it had been a while. I had prepared her a quiz but since she had not had much time to study we ended up using it as a worksheet instead. We did review exercises on -ir verbs, irregular verbs, and the differences between the passe compose and the imparfait."
"Today we worked on the verbal assignment for Unit 4. We wrote about different kinds of performances (indoor or outdoors) here in Los Angeles. We picked the Staples Center and the Hollywood Bowl as our indoor and outdoor locations. We talked about the different performances in each venue and the diversity of music here in LA. The student's Spanish pronunciation is very good. The only sounds that need a little practice are -ge and the -ch. Remember when the -g is next to a -e or -i, it sounds more like -hello. The -ch sounds more like a -j like the word -jog. We spent the last 30 minutes working on a review of his final project. We selected the 3 famous Hispanic figures that he will talk about and their main contributions."
"Today, the student and I worked on reading and speaking skills. We also reviewed vocabulary, with related questions. We also had a simulated dialog, based on that vocabulary. Afterwards, we read an article, practicing a reading strategy that helps increase comprehension. In our next session, we will read another selection and work on the same strategy, as well as review the same vocabulary words."
"Today, we covered the use of the verbs "ser" and "estar," the negation rule, possessive adjectives, and the preterite vs imperfect verbs. I included some quiz questions and practice problems. The student's Spanish conversations are getting better. He is learning new words and is understanding better when I speak to him in Spanish."