Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We used a text book that the student uses in his class. We mainly focused on studying new Chinese characters/Kanji from the book. He seemed enjoying learning those new kanji and also the meaning of each kanji. He is a very fast learner and enthusiastic about this subject"
"The student and I had another great conversation in Korean. We talked about his family and its background. We reviewed family terms and talked about aspects of Chinese and Korean culture involving family. We then read two passages concerning the culture of karaoke and singing. He has great comprehension, and we continued to learn expressions used in advanced Korean dialogue."
"This week, we reviewed some of the material that was introduced last lesson. Some new concepts in terms of forming characters in the Korean alphabet were introduced, but this lesson was focused mostly on memorizing all of the sounds and symbols of the alphabet. I left the student with some exercises to work on this week so that she can practice on her own. She seems to be able to soak in the new material very quickly and always has a positive attitude for learning."
"The student and I prepared for her upcoming Kanji test on Wednesday. She memorized over 25 Kanjis and completed assignments in her workbook."
"Reviewed "what country are you from...," "please give me a glass of...," "I want to..." Introduced Chap 10"
"We went over a lot of practices of translation verbally and in writing. I told the student to keep writing the characters which is, after all, the foundation of building the sentences."
"We continued reviewing old vocabulary words and structuring sentences in Chinese. We also practiced coming up with new sentences based on words and structures the student already knew."
"Added more vocabulary and phrases. Continued working on how to speak fluently in Chinese language. The student is making a rapid progress."
"We started off this session with a vocabulary quiz. The quiz took up most of the session. The student is beginning to be able to distinguish the tones a lot better from when we picked up during summer break."
"We started a new unit today on the past tenses: the imperfecto and the pasado prossimo. I began by explaining the difference between these two types of past actions: the continuous, incomplete, or habitual versus the singular and complete. We practiced forming past participles for regular and irregular verbs, as well as for reflexive verbs. I explained the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs and how this difference will decide whether the student will use essere or avere as an auxiliary verb for the pasado prossimo. We reviewed subject, object and reflexive pronouns and compared them to those of English in order to better illustrate their specific usage. We did a short speaking exercise where he told me about his day using the pasado prossimo. Then I told him about my day and sent him the text of what I said so that he could locate the past participles, identify them as regular or irregular as well as figure out the appropriate infinitive form. He then decided which verb I used as the auxiliary and why. While my grammatical explanations are important to know, he will learn best by practicing. For our next session we've decided to take turns reading a fairy tale aloud, in order to practice speaking and listening. Then we will discuss the differences in the two past tenses he is studying. His comprehension is developing quite well and will continue to do so with practice. We will start to focus more on speaking and listening exercises, although I did tell him he should really commit personal pronouns and their uses to memory."