Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started with Student S today. She was in a very active mood. We played her toys, then played "rock scissor and paper" to practice some words. At the end, I read her the Chinese story book of mouse, bird and sausage which she enjoyed a lot. Today's new vocab for her was: tummie and pen. Student A and I played hide and seek, monsters and lego car, and we also created a hospital theme where we practiced some words in Chinese. At the end, Student S joined both of us and we played couple of games together by using numbers. New vocab for Student A today was: faster."
"I used the target language almost all the time. When the student could not understand, I tried to use an easier word or my body language to help her understand. The student knew a lot of vocabulary but she had trouble memorizing the Chinese characters. So I wrote the characters first for her as modelling and then she copied them on her own paper. The material was the student's textbook from when she learned Chinese before. I basically reviewed the book together with her. I looked at the book and looked for possible grammar points and vocabulary for my student. She was frequently asked to make sentences based on vocabulary and grammar points. I scaffolded her a lot. The practice I left for her was to go over the vocabulary and sentences again after the tutoring session. She is a very smart student. She was able to remember the gestures on numbers that I taught her two days ago. My comprehensive input helped her memorize."
"The student learned pinyin and vowels and has almost mastered it. She can count from 1 to 20 in Chinese. We then reviewed the 12 months and 7 days in Chinese. She then learned how to say things to do on the days. She did a great job in today's session."
"The student did very well today. We went over the months, seasons, and weather expressions in Spanish. We talked about what the weather is like for each season and practiced all the new vocabulary with drawing and acting."
"To start off this session, the student gave me some good news. She said that she got a 92% on her final! She felt really good about the final and now has more confidence towards Spanish. Our lesson began with our stem-changer chart. After she wrote down the stem-changing verbs and their meanings, I had her conjugate three of the verbs. Then, I gave a mini-lesson on prefixes. Finally, we went over using hacer in the past with time. To practice this, we both drew pictures, and she wrote what happened in the pictures at what time."
"The student learned a few new vocab words this week, so we worked them into a lesson about grammar and sentence construction. He has had a bit of trouble understanding the concept of verb conjugation, so we broke it down a bit and really made sure he understood all the components. He did understand the process before, but now can verbalize the process and use the terminology. We also discussed patterns for irregular verbs."