Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed introductions and greetings more in-depth. We also studied difference between Spanish pronouns (so as to construct full sentences), and how to ask for and tell one's own age. A lot of this opening chapter deals with conversation at the basic level. In working towards that, the student and I have been practicing speaking, creating dialogues that might occur in the classroom or if you were meeting a new friend."
"We started by reviewing "Ser" Vs. "Estar" (conjugations, uses and differences) using the vocabulary she has learned in the previous sessions. The student did some "fill in the blank" exercises, translated from English to Spanish, and practiced pronunciation by reading out loud. The new material for this session was "How to formulate questions in Spanish"; She learned how to ask/answer yes and no questions as well as open-ended questions. Once the topic was introduced, we practiced with some exercises in which she had to formulate questions based on some given answers."
"The student did A LOT of practice work in her workbook before I arrived. We talked a lot more about tense and mood, and we specifically focused on the perfect tenses, and using them with the subjunctive of haber. We also began to talk about the imperfect subjunctive and adverbial clauses. The student had some initial struggles with remembering to include haber in the conjugation, but she was doing much better with this by the end of the session. She is doing very well with identify expressions that trigger the subjunctive. I do not have any concerns."
"Today the student and I continued working on preterite and commands. We also touched up on indirect object pronouns, and I introduced the imperfect tense as a means to better understand when to use the preterite. She is doing a great job so far. She is able to conjugate regular verbs in the preterite form with little issue."
"Introductory class with general comprehension questions. Uses of "set" y "estar". Colors, numbers and telling the time. Adjectives to describe personal characteristics and mental states. We agreed to continue our review from the book he used at school for Spanish 2. We also agreed that we would continue to the next level with the book he will be using at school for Spanish 3."
"For this session, the student and I met to review the French vocabulary and material that he has been covering over the past few weeks. He had several activities to complete in his workbook, and we went over those before adding a few speaking activities. After the review, he showed me the skit that he has to prepare in class for Monday. To start, I helped him revise the skit and draft additional questions. After he completed the skit, I read the skit aloud with him, and we drilled the lines so that he would feel comfortable speaking in class."