Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Concepts we covered are in lesson 14 - part 1 and 2. The student had a good attitude in the session. I gave the student some strategies that would help with lead reading and correct pronunciation practice. I left the student to do review lesson 14 part 2's dialogue.
"Good session with him today. We wrapped up the dialogue sections of Chap. 20 in his textbook, which ended up containing some material he knew already. One thing I cannot stress enough is the importance of tones and pronunciation for spoken Chinese. If he is going to progress in Mandarin and begin seriously applying the grammar and vocabulary he has worked so hard to acquire, he will need to do more basic work on inculcating the tones into his mental picture of Chinese. "
"He and I reviewed last lesson's vocabulary on shopping and dining out. Next, we worked on a new video on a smartphone ad. We learned about the following concepts: facial expressions (to smile, to laugh, to cry), moods (happy, annoyed, afraid), indicating order (first, second, etc., last), to know/not to know, and how to tell time (specific vs. general). We practiced conversing using the new vocabulary. He and I began reviewing for the test that will cover material from the movie trailers and shopping videos. We reviewed common verbs such as to remember, to forget, to succeed, to fail, to pursue, to find, to give up, would/will, should, and more. We also worked on family vocabulary, including older/younger sister and older/younger brother. We practiced forming sentences with the vocabulary to help him memorize them."
"I first checked the students' homework; both of them completed it. We played "five chess" to warm up and then we practiced numbers all the way to 120! They're struggling a little bit when it's above 100, but they are gradually learning how to count more than 100. After that, I gave them a quiz on the writing of characters. Student 1 missed 2 and Student 2 missed 1. The homework for today was to write all the mistakes 20 times and practice these words: male, female, man, woman, boy and girl."
"I gave him a handwriting practice booklet and we learned the names of the brush strokes. Trying to reinforce the importance of correct stroke order! We also reviewed "Spot goes to the park", all new vocab, and making a key to help him read it out loud."
"I introduced the basic ideas about Chinese Pinyin and structure of a pinyin. The student learned 6 pinyin initials and 12 finals. He is very focused during the session and did great! I taught him 3 short Chinese phrases - hello, goodbye and thank you. It went great!"