Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As with yesterday's session, both students continue to come out of their shell. Student L is naturally outgoing and self-assured, but it's nice to see Student A getting more comfortable communicating with me. Second/ foreign language acquisition becomes so much easier when there is a willingness to communicate. Whether we are talking about the beach, the park, the bedroom, or any other topic or milieu, they are interested in participating in the communication."
"We played a couple of English learning games for this lesson. We started by playing "Who Am I?" We have not played this game in a couple of weeks and it was good to see that the student is becoming a little more comfortable coming up with her own questions rather than using the questions provided by the game. We followed this up by playing "I Spy." Again, she did not use the prompts in the books but used vocabulary she has learned to play the game. We switched to the "Frozen" comic book she had picked out from the library."
"Yesterday we discussed more about music and musical instruments. The students described some of their favorite kinds of music and some bands and musicians that they liked. We also discussed transportation and planned to talk more about that topic when we meet next."
"Today was our first session. The student told me about himself, and wrote a short essay describing himself, and his hopes for the future. I administered a few assessments to help determine the areas he needed us to work on together. We touched on nouns and pronouns, verb tenses, comparatives and superlatives and double negatives. He read a few passages and answered the questions that followed. The vocabulary was a little difficult for him. I also left him two lists of idioms. One is used in conversation, and the other in business. We will be meeting on Monday. My primary focus will be using common English expressions. We will also work on grammar and reading comprehension."
"We spent almost an hour reading. The student did really well-her pronunciation is getting much better and I can tell she's more comfortable reading aloud (she could tell the difference between characters and was using exclamations when reading quotes). We went over some vocab words that she hadn't heard before, and I told her that in the future she should just let me know if we come across a new word. At the end of the session, we went over some exercises from her citizenship exam textbook and I gave her some homework from that book."
"We spoke on a variety of topics, primarily about universities this time. I corrected a couple points of grammar and emailed a link to a variety of exercises for the student."
"We spent the first hour having conversational practice. We introduced ourselves, and discussed various topics related to the student's career as a nutritional therapist. We went over some pronunciation difficulties that she has had -- particularly the "th" sound. We then did a reading and discussion activity about social networking for business. I left her with some notes about "th" pronunciation to review, and a list of "tongue twisters" to practice, as well as the texts from our "social networking" discussion activity."
"We practiced writing the alphabet in capital and lowercase letters to ensure that the student recognizes each letter in its different form when reading stories. We then came up with examples of words that begin with the specific letter we were discussing. When writing the words, I highlighted sounds that different letters or groups of letters make to help her read them easier."
"The student and I completed our idiom practice and review. We reviewed a few more business related idioms and she chose two that she will use in conversation with a colleague. We also practiced telling jokes and learned a few common references/ facts in English language/ culture. For our upcoming sessions, we will be moving into more formal English conversation and skills."
"Yesterday afternoon, the student and I spent the first half of the session brainstorming sentences for his weekly list of spelling words. Next, he picked pages from the ESL workbook including ones involving math, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. He is eager to learn and improve his English language skills. I enjoyed working with him."
"We had great attendance today! We started off class by testing our knowledge of the alphabet, and then came up with examples for each letter sound (hard/ soft consonants, long/ short vowels). Students remembered and used the "bossy e" rule to identify when words require the long vowel noise. Lots of pronunciation practice occurred as we worked to come up with different words that had specific letter sounds. Students reported that it was helpful for the teacher to identify which sounds were missing from their pronunciation. At the end, feedback indicated that working on letter sounds is very helpful and a few students are ready to start working on sentence structure and verb tenses, so these two levels will be addressed in future sessions."
"The student and I continued reviewing the present progressive vs. the simple present. It was more challenging for her today, so I tried to slowly walk her through it. I believe she understands it more than she thinks she does, so I didn't want to spend an exorbitant amount of time on it. Next, we reviewed more names of foods by going over the foods in her cupboards. Afterwards, we discussed countable vs. uncountable nouns and what terms to use with them (a/an vs. some/any, etc.). To review for Tuesday, I gave her a sheet with an image of a grocery store scene and the corresponding terms. We'll review this more in depth on Tuesday."