Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I worked through Cicero translations, identifying two indirect statements and working with interrogative pronouns and adjectives to create a cohesive translation. For next time, continue filling in the literary passages."
"We began the session by reviewing the preterit tense for regular verbs. The student then described a recent trip that he had made, using the preterit. He demonstrated marked improvement in fluency. While he had to consult flash cards occasionally to remember a conjugation, he was able to manipulate verbs and draw on vocabulary to get his message across. We then worked on prepositions, particularly positional and directional prepositions. He continues to demonstrate good progress in understanding grammatical constructions and should continue working to build his vocabulary. I assigned him several exercises in the textbook we are using."
"This was our last class, so we had a conversational class. We talked about family, fashion, and speaking other languages all in Spanish. The student has improved her Spanish a lot since the first class!"
"The student needed to finish the second half of unit seven for his online course today. He had a passage from Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars and needed to answer questions. In order to answer these questions, he needed to translate the Latin. He had one other part to do today that was in English, which he wanted to complete on his own after the session."
"Wow, the student really knows his Latin! Tonight he demonstrated a *strong* grasp of grammar, as well as just a strong grasp of Latin in general. The only place he had problem was grammar he hadn't been taught yet. We had a good time tonight, translating the first sentence of his translation exercise, "New Allies, New Attacks." I used the opportunity of our breaking down the grammar of each word in the sentence to conduct grammar mini-lessons with him: one on how to determine the conjugation to which a verb belongs, one on how to determine the declension to which a noun belongs, one about the four moods of Latin verbs, and one about the substantive. We also discussed the Etruscans, the Latins, and how the Romans conquered both peoples and took over their lands and, in the case of the Latins, their language. He did a wonderful job!!"
"We started with a bit of review with a couple conjugation and declension charts. We then translated a passage. We did get through it all, as it was a long passage."