Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"With such a long break between our last meeting and this one, it was important to do considerable review today with her. This consisted of pronunciation exercises, grammar, and writing. She did great and gradually we returned to where we left off a week ago. It's clear that she is very busy outside of our meetings and does not have much time to practice. My only concern is that without proactive review between sessions, our meetings will have trouble progressing toward more challenging material. She could make a habit of looking in her notebook from time to time to refresh her memory. That said, she did very well today. Our next meeting will be Thursday."
"I first checked homework then the student and I warmed up with "five chess" to review verbs and instructions in Chinese. We then practiced tones and numbers. I used a new "map game" to let them practice the identification of numbers as well as skills in solving problems. We also reviewed the gender and pronouns. I gave him a project: to make 10 different charts with category of word groups as well as organize pinyin and tones."
"I had a Chinese lesson with the student today. It has been two weeks, because the student was on vacation for the past two weeks. Surprisingly, he was still able to answer most of the questions quite well and he will be able to finish the homework I gave him. It was a great lesson, and I am looking forward to having the next one."
"I helped both students review the Chinese phrases we have learned so far, including hello, good morning, teacher, student, and goodbye. We learned new phrases such as I'm sorry, it's no problem, thank you, and you are welcome. We practiced conversing using the old and new vocabulary, and we matched the new words to their pronunciations for an activity. We also reviewed the writings for numbers 1-10. For the next lesson, we will learn about numbers greater than 10."
"I led my student through memorization of the nouns of objects, including "shu," Zhongwen shu," xiao ren shu," benzi," and "cidian." The student and I studied the meaning of question words, like "ji ben shu," duoshao shu," and "sheide." After that, we went over basic structures of words, like "zhe and zai," na and nei," "Zhe shi shei de...?," Ni you ji ben...?," Ni you duoshao...?" We practiced saying daily expressions, like "Zhen bang!" and "Tai shao le!""
"I made about 100 flashcards and used them in today's class to review vocabulary and some of the concepts that we learned in the textbook. I also shared with the student how Chinese people celebrate mid-autumn festival."