Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session we continued working with more irregular verbs and practiced making sentences in the simple present, simple past and future tenses. Also, we practiced the use of pronouns and reading."
"Today we focused on listening. We viewed two online talks--one about speaking and one about body language. We discussed them and went over points of confusion. Going forward, we are going to view and listen to content that has a slower pace to it to continue to improve the student's comprehension."
"At the student's request I will prepare some short video clips we will view and discuss in the following weeks. The student will work on some grammatical exercises as well as preparing a magazine article."
"Today we covered five new American idioms and slang words. Furthermore, we discussed conversations/terms you may use while at work. Lastly, we discussed what jobs people have in Korea and what the student's dream job is. I have noticed good progress with regards to her conversational abilities. She has to stop and think about which words to use less frequently than before."
"The student was struggling with the use of determinate, and indeterminate articles, so we practiced those by doing comparison, and description exercises. We also practices all the verb tenses in English, did dictation, and practiced reading, and word sounds. We practiced most by speaking aloud. I left extra practice."
"We kept our session casual today, and talked about hobbies, and what we did over the weekend. This was a good segue to talk about different tenses and modes. We talked about the conditional present and continued to work on the past tense. We then transitioned into discussion of history, literature and philosophy. Again, we used these topics as context to practice the above grammar topics. I gave the student several options of books in English that I like and think would lead to interesting discussions at our next session. He will choose one of the books for next time."
"We played a variety of grammar/vocab games, which practiced adjectives, relative clauses, and job titles. These activities were useful because they encouraged the student to speak more. We then worked out of a vocab book. It is divided into 40 categories with 10 vocabulary words. Each section presents the words, has a few basic exercises, and leads up to a reading passage from the test. We completed two sections."
"Last night the student and I went over present perfect and present perfect continuous tenses, and ought to/should/have to. She is doing very good so far and I notice that she is getting way more comfortable speaking English. We also took some time during the class to develop conversational skills, while using the concepts that we were discussing in class."
"Today was an orientation to using the library and finding materials for English learning. We started with vocab, and it seemed that was too easy for the student. She asked if we could do grammar instead. I found an English grammar workbook with a DVD that she wanted to check out and take home, and her plan is to bring me questions on Friday. We also identified another DVD that will teach her phrases in English using her native language. I helped her get a library card, and I showed her the section in the library that has many ESL books. We used the grammar book to learn the difference between present and progressive present. This exercise seemed to be at her level: new and challenging, but she picked it up quickly."
"The student and I used online resources to test listening and vocabulary. One of his vocabulary quizzes involved multiple choice answers, and I provided helpful advice and commentary by defining words he didn't recognize. Since we just began with a few words referring to plants, I drew a map of a tree, illustrating the names for each part. Then, I tested him with even the most advanced listening exercises, involving everyday conversations, all of which he was able to pick up minute details from easily. I don't think he is having any trouble in this area."
"Prepared a long presentation regarding HR arrangement inside the company. Prepared several correspondences with several of the student's supervisors. Pointed out grammar mistakes and explained grammar points. Corrected her pronunciation for some English words."
"We reviewed superlative adjectives. We also worked on pronouncing vowel sounds. The student is eager to learn. She is doing excellent in her ESL class. She got 47 out of 50 questions correct on her last exam."