Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"-Differences in Chinese spoken language across China; phonetics of pinyin; foundation consonant and vowel sounds; how to pair and resulting sounds. -Greatest area to improve would be to pronounce new sounds unique to Mandarin. -Student's attitude was optimistic, determined."
"We reviewed a lot of topics today and did some practice. We also went over some Chinese culture today!"
"We had two conversations about meeting people. The student knew pinyin very well. We focused on pronunciation and words' meaning."
"Today, the student and I met for our 8th session. We began with a warm-up conversation, and I provided corrections when necessary and offered vocabulary terms when she did not know the Spanish word. We then switched over to practice problems where we covered a wide variety of grammatical points: subjunctive mood, new vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, subject/verb agreement, and prepositions. I saw a huge improvement today when it came to her comfort with the subjunctive mood, and she did very well on the subjunctive questions. Likewise, she does very well offering the explanation as to why an answer choice is correct or incorrect. We will continue with more conversation and practice questions for our next session."
"Today, we reviewed the meaning and conjugation of ser and estar and saber and conocer in present, preterite, and imperfect tense. We also practiced when to use which verb depending on the context. Furthermore, we reviewed when to use preterite and imperfect and did some practice problems. The student has improved a lot with preterite and imperfect, and I can tell that she has begun to feel more comfortable with these two tenses. We also reviewed DOP and IOP, which we learned during the first session. I taught her reflexive verbs, which are an extension of IOP (indirect object pronouns). In addition, I taught her how to say commands in Spanish and where to put the accent while pronouncing commands. We also practiced for her speaking appointment today by having a conversation in Spanish. We have finished unit 5 and will move onto unit 6 next session."
"Today, we started by doing a review of numbers. I corrected the student's homework assignment, an essay on a funny story. Some things to focus on are gender number agreement and general preterite/imperfect. Next, we read through two reading comprehension paragraphs. She wrote down vocab words that she didn't recognize to use as a study guide. We reviewed past participle, present progressive, and commands. I assigned another short essay--a dialogue between two people about a page. Additionally, I assigned three reading assignments and some English to Spanish translation practice."