Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This lesson we learned about different professions. The student already was familiar with half of the jobs and quickly learned the others. We read a related short story and she drew a picture of her dream job which is to be a writer. We ended the lesson as usual with reading from "Inside Out.""
"Today we met to work on pronunciation. The student read some passages that worked on his ability to get through longer pieces. His pronunciation is getting much better and he is starting to notice his mistakes as he makes them."
"We spent almost the whole session talking, and the student definitely seems more comfortable. When I said a word she didn't know, she asked me, so we ended up going over a lot of vocab. She had heard most of the words before but just didn't know their definitions. I started a vocab list in her notebook. For homework, I gave her a worksheet on some words that we'll go over during the next session that came from her citizenship exam textbook."
"We continued our lesson from yesterday, focusing on writing the alphabet and example words with that letter. We also worked on phonics from the example words we came up with. At the end, we played hangman to practice the student's writing and reading. I think visualizing how many letters were in each word was helpful and it was good practice for her to recall letters."
"We worked on an English diagnostic test for grammar and vocabulary in the first 10 minutes of the session. The student is an intermediate/ advanced English learner with excellent pronunciation, verbal comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. Next, we worked on short videos with transcripts to practice speaking and listening to English. The topics of the videos were "5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long," "Shout It Out for Success," "What Fact about You Would Surprise People?" "Easy Card Trick to Amaze Everyone," "You Can Learn Anything," and "How to Be Creative." We discussed the main ideas and specific people and concepts from the videos. She gained a good understanding of most of the content, and she summarized the ideas and answered my questions in fluent English. She also quickly grasped my explanations of a few points that she missed from the videos. One area that we might need more practice with is verb structure. Overall, she is an excellent English speaker."
"We started the session with some conversation practice. Next, we went over a list of English slang words and idioms, and example sentences of how to use them. We reviewed some homophones. We read over a list of minimal pairs to practice pronunciation. We read aloud the essay "Names" by Julia Alvarez and then discussed it. We also read aloud a set of two texts debating the usefulness of small talk in business meetings. I left the student with the texts (and some exercises to complete on the "small talk" one), as well as the lists of slang/ idioms/ homophones/ minimal pairs. Her pronunciation of the "th" sound has improved since the past session."
"Today we had a fairly strong attendance level and worked on a variety of concepts. Mastering letter sounds continued to be the focus of our session, as students tried independent exercises and realized that they needed more group support. We looked at common contractions and established the importance of pronouncing final consonant sounds again. We also spent some time learning general rules for past and future verb conjugation. The students worked very hard to improve their pronunciation of subtle sounds such as the "-ed" ending, and final "t" sounds."
"This session went well. The student is improving in her pronunciation and we are expanding her vocabulary. She is keeping a notebook with vocabulary words she comes across throughout each week and we will spend time each session working on those words. I started a lesson on how to buy a house in America as she expressed her interest in that topic last week. This lesson went very well and I left it for her to finish on her own and write down whatever questions she has from it. The student is enthusiastic and truly enjoys our sessions. It is encouraging to see her improving so quickly. She has a long way to come yet, but she is working hard and fast to reach her goals. A win for this session is that she was able to instantly improve her pronunciation of challenging "r" words during our session."
"I wanted to have the student do a mock interview with me because she is on a committee that interviews with potential candidates. We ended up having an unscripted conversation which is a good way for me to observe her pronunciation. Drills are easy for her."
"The student and I discussed her week last week in English. We used some online tools to bridge our language gap, and I made some suggestions to her for improving her English hearing comprehension, particularly by watching TV in her spare time."
"Our conversation topic for today's session was behavior. The student and I discussed acceptable and unacceptable behavior of children as well as adults, and what specific behavior falls under each category. We then worked on the present and past tense of the verb to be. He read a passage about tigers and answered the questions which followed. We hope to hold our next tutoring session a week from today. If we are unable to schedule it for Friday, then we will meet the following week."
"The student and I started with a game in which we both pulled the names of various foods out of a can, and had to describe them to the other person, who in turn, had to guess the chosen word correctly. Next, we reviewed a bullet point reading on grocery store that we reviewed last week. Then, we did more practices with the present progressive tense. First looking at a photo with many people doing different things, she had to say what each person was doing. Then we did the same with another sheet. Next, we talked about how to form negative sentences with the present progressive, and practiced that the first sheet. For Tuesday, I asked her to do more practice forming negative sentences with the present progressive. This was a very good session, and she seemed to enjoy it."