Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first session, and it was very successful. We worked on her speaking assignment for tomorrow, which is to translate and say a memorized paragraph in French about a girl in Paris taking the train to Avignon. The student was mostly hesitant on her pronunciation skills and concerned with how to say the sentences. We went through each line and made corrections, found pronunciation patterns for her to recognize, and had her record the difficult sentences on voice memos on her phone. In addition, she highlighted and made notes of words that were giving her trouble. She was much more confident in her ability to pronounce the passage by the end of our session and worked extremely hard! Very pleased with her effort in our first session together!"
"The student got an 80% on her midterm exam, which was a big success! She has another exam coming up next week, so we spent this session reviewing the grammar that will be covered, specifically passive voice and conditional verbs. We spent the majority of the session working on passive voice. I reviewed what it means, what the construction in Spanish looks like, and we practiced changing sentences from active to passive. For conditional, we discussed what is means, how it is constructed, and I sent her a practice worksheet to review both future and conditional forms. We may review her work on that as she gets closer to the exam date."
"Our whole session today was spent preparing for a test he has tomorrow in his Spanish class. We mostly worked on finding ways to remember the vocabulary, which dealt with family relations (mother, grandpa, cousins, etc.). We discussed some helpful strategies to recall some of the words and practiced one by one until he seemed to recall them fairly easily. We then talked about the verb tener and how to express one's age ("how many years do you have?"). We covered the last few vocabulary words (older, younger, cat, dog, person), and we worked on translating sample sentences using all the vocabulary we studied. We ended by discussing the verbs "gustar" and "encantar" and the special way in which they are conjugated."
"We continued reviewing indirect object pronouns. And verbs like gustar. He seemed to really understand it. We talked about placement of the indirect object pronouns and we practiced a lot with flash cards. He did very well with this. I assigned him some homework in this topic and then we were able to read 2 pages from the book."
"Reviewed last session's homework, learning how to choose between 'ser' and 'estar', as well as the multiple functions of 'hay'. Concluded the lesson by learning the 4 ways of making an adjective agree based on the subject's gender and plurality."
"During this session, the student and I worked on direct and indirect object pronoun exercises she had prepared. I also introduced the tense near future and we talked more about the present progressive. The DO and IO in Spanish are very complex constructions but, I can confidently say she has fully grasped this concept. For her trip, I will provide her with reading material where she can identify all of these concepts so she can see them in context and not just isolated sentences. She is a motivated and hard-working student and I very much enjoy working with her."
"We did an overall assessment of the student's level. We introduced each other and had a conversation in Spanish regarding the student's interests, her job, family, travels, and why she is taking Spanish. Through this I had the opportunity to decide what aspects of the language we are going to address first."
"The student and I reviewed flashcards that we had created on the location words and on the Spanish speaking countries and their capitals. He had learned a good deal since the time before and was still working on memorizing the capital cities in South America and Central America. The student was working on remembering the location for "detras de" and "delante de" because they start with the same sound. We figured out that he could memorize "debajo de" by thinking of "bajo" as meaning low like Baja California. The student has a good attitude about learning Spanish and is making progress."
"Today we started with the usual reviews of previous material before moving on to a new lesson. I introduced conjugation of regular AR verbs. We reviewed the subject pronouns from the last session and went into the various verb endings in Spanish that show who is doing the action. We went through some examples of this and I gave her a worksheet to practice with. I felt that by the end of the session, she was really grasping the concepts and she seemed to be pleased with the progress she had made in a short time. There are some activities in her workbook that give more practice with verb conjugation and introduce some new vocabulary that she will be doing on her own. I will be working more with her on verb conjugation as we continue."
"We had another great class with the student. We continued practicing mostly the Ser conjugation in the present tense using adjectives. We also incorporated regular AR verbs and went over the reading comprehension questions on page 5. For homework, he has to come up with 10 sentences using AR verbs and 10 using the verb Ser. I also want him to use the expression "hay" (there is/there are) at work. I also encourage him to look through the reading on page 13 -15 and do the exercises that he finds engaging/entertaining so he can practice."
"Today we had an entire session conversing in Spanish at a Mexican Restaurant. The student, myself and my fluent Mexican colleague listened and spoke only in Spanish. He ordered the food for everyone using food and restaurant vocabulary. He also used past, present, and future-tense verbs, vocabulary dealing with travelling, numerical vocabulary, and correct forms of 'ser,' 'estar,' and 'gustar.' It was a great culmination of what we have been learning for the past five weeks!"
"The student and I covered descriptions of a house including important adjectives and possessive pronouns."