Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began this session by reviewing when to use ser, and its mnemonic, TOPIC. This led into a few exercises copied out of the textbook which let her practice using ser in the context of describing somebody's essential qualities. This also let her practice using some new vocabulary of character adjectives. We worked on these subjects for about half of the session. Then I led her into working with Gustar. I knew she was familiar with it, but I wanted to see her master it. We started with simple "Me gusta/n" statements, and I spent some time explaining the rules of conjugating gustar, and the literal meaning of the phrase, that something is pleasing to me. I see her beginning to grasp it, but I plan to reinforce it with some more exercises next week, as well as how to say what other people like (indirect object pronouns). My goal is to teach (or review) a few more grammar concepts - ir a, querer, preferir - and more vocabulary, so that we can have simple conversations within the context of what we've learned. Extra practice could include a multiple choice worksheet on Gustar pronouns, (which may be just beyond her ability - we only touched on pronouns toward the end of the session), circled exercises in the packet copied from the textbook - the one with images of activities on the first page, and sentences using her vocab words."
"The student and I went over classroom vocabulary, the origin of the words, the rules of articles about gender and number agreement, and the exceptions to these rules. We applied the verbs necesitar, tener and poder. We used a PowerPoint presentation. The student was able to grasp the concepts and words. We also worked on syllables and any pronunciation issues."
"We talked about the book she has been reading as I took notes on areas she needed improvement in. I noticed she needed practice with the sound of the letter J and some verb conjugations. We will continue to talk about the book and about specific questions I will have ready for her to have more improvised conversations in the future."