Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the different parts of "apartments" and "the home" today. We also worked on personal possessive nouns from "English Grammar for ESL learners." The student learned to name different sections inside and outside an apartment. We also walked around his apartment to review what we learned from the book. For homework, he is to interview his family members and write an essay about what kinds of apartments his family members used to live in. I also asked him to complete exercises in the vocabulary and grammar books."
"We started off by reviewing the student's homework. We reviewed pronunciation of a couple consonant sounds: (/v/ /d/ /z/ /s/ /w/ /l/). The most difficult was differentiating between when the "s" sound is pronounced "s" or "z." We also reviewed pronunciation of third person singular "s" at the end of verbs. Then he told me a couple sentences about his daily routine and he formed questions of those statements and asked me about my daily routine. Then he answered some questions choosing between positive and negative in the third person. He's got it down, so next lesson we will be continuing with new grammar. We wrapped up the lesson by reviewing jobs and articles answering the question "What do you do?" For homework he'll do some exercises from a picture dictionary he bought, as well as some exercises with jobs, pronunciation, and listening."
"We reviewed the past tense regular. The students practiced reading passages in the past tense and answered comprehension questions. Then, I began teaching irregular past tense verbs. Tomorrow, we will continue practicing irregular past tense verbs, and then we might start the present progressive tense. They are quick learners and continue to improve during every lesson!"
"We covered a lot of common vocabulary that the student will see academically and in conversations with peers--math vocabulary, relationships (for instance, a cousin is your uncle's son), money. We also covered test taking skills for when presented with a multiple choice and you aren't sure of the answers--look for context clues in English (using a Barack Obama matching game). In addition, we covered synonyms. She has a fantastic attitude and doesn't struggle with concepts--it's just introducing vocabulary. I left her with two short essays to read and we will work on responding to them in a college appropriate format next week, and I also left her with my anatomy book and a college level biology book so she can start looking at how they are written and work on understanding the terms. She's excited to start college and I'm excited to help out!"
"I reviewed the areas that the student wanted to cover in her sessions. I administered a brief assessment of her pronunciation skills and identified three key areas that we will focus on in future sessions. I have also prepared a number of worksheets and supplemental materials that I will be emailing to her to prepare for our next session."
"In our lesson today, the student and I continued to review her resume and cover letter. I read over her cover letter and checked for any mistakes. She wanted to conduct a mock interview, but before throwing questions at her, I wanted to review some of them with her. She answered the questions multiple times so that she could get her thoughts together and answer the question the way she wanted to. Next, we continued working with different verb tenses while focusing on her pronunciation as she read. For homework, she knows to continue practicing the interview questions and to review her resume/cover letter."