Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we first played my "five chess game" to review some numbers and learn new words. During the game, the new phrase they've learned is "block you." We also reviewed the names of some body parts. Then we reviewed our "animal book" to practice saying names of animals and numbers. Today we also reviewed the book to learn some new words such as: spoon, fork, knife and paper. The last thing we did was their favorite "kids Chinese app." In today's lesson, they reviewed the previous words in which they have to identify, and also practiced how to write numbers 1-3 as well as person and fire."
"We did many review exercises today. Overall, I think the student did really well on those exercises--she understood and feels more comfortable using the grammar rules we went over, and she is able to form her own sentences independently with all of them. We spent a lot of time on comparative sentences (use of "bi," "geng," "zui," and others), as those were used in similar situations with more subtle difference. I wanted to make sure she understands how to distinguish the three. For homework, I asked her to put more time on reviewing the characters. She gets grammar very quickly, so I think she can start to up her vocabulary so that she can have wider range of materials she can use in forming sentences and essays in Chinese."
"We discussed food of various types. We looked at some of my favorite restaurants and talked about ordering foods and describing them."
"We edited the conversation on emotional status. We practiced the sentence structures by having the student explain the conversations. I introduced the concepts of omitting the subject and the verb, descriptive sentences, and subject/object relationships."
"We focused on food/restaurant topics and practiced dialogue and sentence patterns on an online learning website. The student translated the English script, and I helped him with new vocabulary and sentence structures. He likes the session format so far, and we had good conversations about food cultures."
"We had a good session today. Both students sat calmly and attentively in front of the YouTube video - they both know their colors very well now, and we're beginning to learn some animal names. They can both say, "what's your name?" in Chinese. I'm grateful for the suggestion of using candy and a timer for encouragement in class. The video is also working well."