Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first class. The student already knows a significant amount of vocabulary and has excellent pronunciation. We went through the alphabet in Spanish and practiced the sound each letter makes by reading words out loud. He remembers how to pronounce most letters. More review is needed for vowels a, e and i. We also went through the pronouns which were also familiar to him. I have assigned him to memorize all pronouns for next Tuesday, and also to review the numbers from 1-10."
"On Monday, our session was focused on reviewing ESTAR and SER. He expressed that he was unsure when to use SER and when to use ESTAR, therefore I had him look at the definition and rules that go along with it. Once we reviewed the rules, I had him read a short passage that had conjugations of SER and ESTAR. He was to identify these words then explain why it was used. He did well with these words in context, which is a good sign of his understanding. I then asked him to create his own paragraph with these words. He was a bit intimidated by this, but with guidance he was able to complete it. I have noticed that his class emphasizes building a vocabulary; this is something he lacks. Therefore, I assigned him homework that should help him build and memorize his vocabulary. By Monday, he should have a flashcard of every vocabulary word, have a write-out of every word, and should have completed a crossword puzzle. By our next session, he should have a better understanding of the vocabulary words, and we will continue to have him use the words in practice."
"Today we reviewed a lot of the new vocab the student has related to personality, characteristics, family, etc. At the beginning of the session, we worked through a little speech describing his dog. That helped him prepare for the oral portion of his exam. To practice with the new vocab, we played 20 questions using actors or characters from movies. This encouraged use and recognition of new adjectives and nouns. We talked about flash cards to make to study the new vocab."
"She is making great progress. She now manages the conjugation of the verbs Ser and Estar. We are currently practicing adjectives to combine in simple sentences with those verbs. She enjoys practicing vocabulary on a quizzing website, as well as a language application. "
"The communicative objectives for today's lesson are: Ask what assignments are for homework and complete them; review the present tense of regular verbs; underline the stem and place a triangle on the infinitive; conjugate (AR) verbs of R.V.; and define verbs in Spanish & English. I gave an informal assessment for understanding today as well. The student is a bright young lady with lots of potential in learning a second language, Spanish. She is a joy to teach, very positive and energetic."
"The concepts that we covered specifically were the past participles and the past perfect tense. In practicing the communication exercises, the student needed help comprehending my questions in Spanish. I included the conjugation forms of the past participles and the past present for study skills. I will leave a written assignment and a communication assignment of all the concepts we covered in all the sessions."