Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the use of pasar vs gastar, the tense conjugation of be, the complications of go, and the translations of -ing. It seems that the student has started to let go of the American accent. His pronunciation of words has improved. I clarified the difference between the English and Spanish pronunciation of the letter t. I also associated the Spanish pronunciation of the letter z with the English th pronunciation."
"We did a review of the past tense endings in Spanish, both preterite and imperfect tenses, and we also practiced with speaking in Spanish. We asked each other random questions about our workdays, likes and interests, etc. I typed my questions to him as I said them so he could have a visual of the words as I was saying them. He did a good job considering he did not use a translator or any other aide during the session and he needed time before answering some of the questions. There were some errors, which I would correct verbally so he could hear how it would be answered in the correct way and sometimes he would ask me to repeat how his questions should have been asked correctly. Overall, it was a really good session of speaking practice and he said that he enjoys speaking Spanish when he understands it. I could understand most of what he was asking me in Spanish."
"Today, the student and I worked on grammar review, present tense, regular and irregular verbs, compound verbs, and did related exercises. She is really good at grasping new subjects, ideas, and phrases, and understands what she reads in Spanish."
"We continued to work on the past tense, both preterite and imperfect. We also worked on pronunciation and watched a few videos, to review irregular verbs and keep working on building comprehension. I assigned several activities for homework, mainly focusing on stem-changing preterite verbs and when to use which past tense."
"The student and I began the session with a grammar review on present tense irregular verbs and "palabras negativos y afirmativos." She did very well with the verb conjugations. Affirmative and negative vocabulary was difficult for her, so we will be completing a review of the terminology during our next session. We spent the remainder of the session working on a reading comprehension about the Spanish region "Castilla de la Mancha" and answering questions using proper conjugation and full sentence forms. I assigned her some homework, including a podcast, a Spanish journal about her trip, and past tense verb conjugations."
"We went over some vocab, like fruit and food words, a few animal words, feelings, etc. The student and I did a little conversational practice. We also reviewed colors, numbers, and days of the week."