Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session covered new verbs and vocabulary. Along with learning new vocabulary and verbs, we also incorporated previously learned vocabulary and verbs to form more sentences and have a conversation. This week, we have learned and used 12 new verbs. We have conjugated them together and we have formed sentences using them all. The student has learned to use these verbs with an approximate 75-80% accuracy and is able to create long detailed sentences, expressing like and dislikes about certain ideas and much improvement has been made. The student will begin doing future tense in our next sessions so that they can talk about ideas and plans that are to come. To finalize this week, the student took an online test I created using the vocabulary we learned together, as well as using another source of tests to see where the student is struggling the most."
"We continued reading the story "Lejos de Casa". The student is doing very well at differentiating many of the words he hears. His Spanish comprehension has increased and he is following along the story better without needing me to explain too many words. He does continue to confuse De/para and ser/estar, but it happens less often now."
"We continued solidifying the student's command of the alphabet, which is a key foundation to all word pronunciation and understanding. He struggled with the vowels "e," "a" and "u" but still made substantial progress since our last lesson. We also covered numbers 1-10 and practiced the alphabet with them, along with a few words he needs to know in his kitchen where he works, like onion and lettuce. We then covered a few phrases his girlfriend would like him to know and discussed using subtitles on the shows he already watches on Netflix and trying a Spanish telenovela. His attitude was great, slow and patient, which is necessary for a new learner. I left him with 2 apps to practice writing with Spanish speaking and an online practice tool."
"We continued to practice conversation and evaluate where the student is in her learning, and what her goals for improvement are. We will continue to look over direct and indirect objects in future sessions. We also worked on pronunciation and using the five Spanish vowel sounds correctly."
"We continued to role play scenarios that the student encounters while at work. We focused on vocabulary used to discuss vaccines and shots, car accidents, and accidents at home. We organically generated more vocabulary that came out of our role-playing, especially focusing on commands and communication needed during an examination. We reviewed the body parts vocabulary from last week. We will continue to review the vocabulary from past sessions and generate new lists from our on-going sessions. The student has made flashcards from the vocabulary to help her progress."
"We continued to use the approach of direct encounter with the language through children's literature. This is something the student has requested and seems to work well for her. The idea is to reinforce prior knowledge and identify new grammar and vocab challenges. We began to discuss the concepts of commands and the subjunctive, which are new for her. She had a task for a conversation group of writing a number of questions for a game. She came up with several questions she wanted to ask her group and reviewed them with me for accuracy. Finally, we had time for free conversation in Spanish."