Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the future and future perfect tenses, which he had learned in class this week. We talked about the differences in use between these two verb forms, and did some of the exercises from his book for both. I also had the student do some more open-ended writing, asking him to write sentences of his own to describe what he was going to do in the future. I noticed that the student struggles to remember the meanings of some basic verbs, so I want to give him more opportunities to practice using those verbs and reinforce their meaning. We also went over numbers, as the student said he had trouble with anything over 30."
"The student worked on Chapter 5A, which is about family members and the verb to have [tener]. He will be creating his own family tree in order to review new vocabulary. The other student was working on Chapter 5, which talks about what to do to be on shape and activities people can do. Also, today we started working on commands [mandatos]. She will be learning how to tell people to do or not to do something."
"The student brought me up to speed about his level of Spanish and his goal (a decent degree of fluency in 18 months). We reviewed verbs - regular and irregular. We reviewed the conjugation in the present tense of the regular verbs (all 3 kinds - those that in the infinitive end in -AR, -ER, and -IR). I asked him to tell me in Spanish his plans for the weekend and we reviewed the verbs and vocabulary that he used. I highlighted the conjugation in the present tense of those verbs and presented him with new vocabulary. I talked to the student about a couple of strategies - to pick up Spanish-language magazines related to his personal interest and to engage at home with his spouse (a native Spanish speaker) with a dash of Spanish here and there."
"Today the two students and I went over vocabulary for different places that people live (i.e. cities, countryside etc.). We did a worksheet together and I left them with a homework practice sheet. In addition we reviewed vocabulary in a new bingo game that randomized vocabulary to check on recall and going from English to Spanish (we generally work the other way around). We continued practicing speaking/reading in Spanish by reading Green Eggs and Ham aloud. I left them with another practice worksheet."
"We made a list of the student's homework for the night and began going through his assignments. He had a math assignment on averages. We also reviewed some Spanish vocabulary relating to the human body."
"Today we started with the possessive pronouns (mio, tuyo, suyo, nuestro, mi, tu, su, sus nos) and practiced building new sentences with them and kept building new vocabulary. Left her with practice on possessives."
"The student and I worked on vocab and on several of his online homework assignments that involved listening and interpreting. He is still having some trouble interpreting verbal Spanish but he's making a lot of progress."
"The student and I began the session with a review of the subjunctive and discussed how it is used, ways to determine when to use subjunctive vs. indicate, phrases that clue in to use of the subjunctive and various examples. We then completed a series of exercises determining when to use subjunctive vs. indicative and also practiced their use in conversation. We moved on to conversation and incorporating topics covered in various sessions (subjunctive, commands, reflexive verbs). We ended the session by beginning a discussion of preterite vs. imperfect in the past tense, which we will continue in our next session."
"During the session, we primarily focused on the subjunctive tense and new vocabulary (salud). As of now, it seems that the student is really understanding the subjunctive tense (awesome!), but we also need to review the present tense verbs (especially the stem-changers). Also, she seemed to have a good grasp on the new vocabulary. I will email her this week to see how her test went and to give her some additional resources/practice regarding present tense stem changers and subjunctive."
"Had our first session today, and it went great! Spent 50/50% of the session switching between Spanish and English. He already has very proper, native-sounding pronunciation down. We focused heavily on the verb 'tener' (to have) and all the expressions used with that verb to describe things in English, such as being hot, cold, tired, scared, etc."
"The student and I started our session with a review of verb conjugations of comer: to eat. I wanted to review also las frutas and las verduras so she can practice building full sentences. I made her translate English sentences into Spanish ones as she got better used to saying the correct forms of the verbs! Next week, we will have a small, short quiz at the beginning to track her progress and then learn the verb form of gustar, ser, and estar!"
"Today we talked for about 15 mins just Spanish to start off. We read Snow White in Spanish - we highlighted new Spanish words We ended with subjunctive. Went over what is subjunctive and the student made her own sentences using subjunctive. We also reviewed the subjunctive used in the Snow White story and why it was used. The student is understanding how to conjugate it, and can now practice speaking it to make it a more natural part of her Spanish dialogue"