Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During my session with the student, we continued to work on the modal verbs, discussed some common expressions for expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences, and worked on syllable stress for vowels. We also touched on stress placement for two-syllable words and where the stress is placed in two-syllable noun vs. a two-syllable verb. She struggled somewhat with the stressed vowel pronunciation, but she was eager to practice and decided to purchase the workbook/CD collection we've been working from in order to continue practicing on her own. As a strategy, I suggested that once her workbook and CD's arrive in the mail, that she practice listening to the CD's with or without the workbook. She can listen to the CD's while driving or working out because the workbook is just a visual supplement to the CD's. I do not have any concerns from this session, I think she has been an excellent student and has made a lot of progress."
"The student and I surveyed some new vocabulary today using the online resource. We related his familiarity with words like "novice" to the root "nov" meaning "new," as in "novelty" and "innovation." While the collection of Ray Bradbury short stories I lent the student was a bit above his present reading level, I supplied him some of my Calvin & Hobbes collection as a more inviting introduction to reading stories in English with an intriguing combination of higher vocabulary and American colloquialisms. We picked out words and phrases from the text such as "commotion," "comeuppance" and "truce" and I helped clarify their meanings. The student enjoys the jokes and the characters' interaction and I think we will continue to use these stories as a resource for our lessons in English vocabulary."
"We covered conversational English sessions, including reading and writing in English, conversing with strangers, asking directions and gathering information."