Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we completed chapter 4B. We still working on the Ir verb and places to go. Today we worked on ir + a + infinitive. In addition, started working on jugar which is a stem-changing verb. We worked on preterite ER/IR verbs and also started working on new vocabulary."
"We continued to review vocabulary and materials today by playing different games and attempting to integrate words together. I updated our review game with some new cards to make it a bit more challenging and to see how much retention from the very beginning we have. They are remembering the older concepts more than some of the newer vocabulary that we've worked on. I also brought another book to practice reading and pronunciation. I left them with a worksheet and a page in the workbook to continue practicing. They are doing better when I remind them to break sentences down and pick out the words that they know then put them back together."
"Today was another clean-up session - we looked through a vocabulary packet I had already given the student in order to make room for new concepts to come (the vocab had to do with things one might like, and this was the packet with a girl seated in a beach chair surrounded by images of "ajedrez,' "el helado,' 'la musica,' etc). This meant continuing to practice gustar, as well as learning how to describe these things with adjectives like 'pesimo', 'formidable', 'fenomenal', 'algo divertido', and 'bastante bien/mal.' I found we had the most success doing exercise number 24 on page 59 of the packet, the one labeled 'Comunicacion,' in which we took turns asking each other whether or not we liked certain things, probably because it was more open-ended and allowed room for opinion. I'm going to try to plan future sessions to be more interactive in order to keep her interest. At the end of the session I took a few minutes to give her a new packet. It's copied from Chapter 3 of the Spanish 1 textbook, and includes new vocabulary of activities one can use with gustar (verbs in infinitive form - descansar, bailar, etc.), and a section on "Ir a..." which I especially want to practice since the student said she has learned how to conjugate 'Ir' - she knows it's really irregular - but has not used it in conversation. Overall this was a good transitional session, but I can do more to keep her engaged."