Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did preterite practice. We read a story written in the preterite and conversed about it and talked about Madrid. Attitude is excellent, as always."
"We did some conversation with preterite and infinitive expressions. I quizzed the student on the vocabulary we did yesterday. She did well with that. I went over direct objects with her, and she got that right away. We started on indirect objects and will continue that next session."
"We discussed the differences in the use of the preterit and the imperfect as past tenses. This can be a confusing topic to those learning the Spanish language, since they are two distinct conjugations that aren't always differentiated in English. I have some material that I hope will help clarify this grammatical concept, which I will forward to the student before the next session so that we may discuss further. I believe that the student has a grasp on the basic ideas, and some repetition of question and answer exercises will aid in reinforcement and fluency."
"We discussed the student's first weeks of class and his first 2 tests. One was on the countries of Latin America and another was on the basic Spanish greetings. We reviewed what the student did and didn't do well on each of the tests. We then reviewed the alphabet again. This time without looking at the cheat-sheet. There were only 4 letters still in need of practice. We then focused on pronouncing basic words paired with a few numbers and new nouns. The student is learning well. Slowing down and counting syllables help him pronounce longer words correctly."
"We divided the session in two. For the first one, we reviewed a letter that the student wrote, we corrected it, then we clarified some doubts, and then we started to talk about violence and video games. It was so fast, but we did have a couple of new words that were very useful. After that, we talked about injuries, in order to use vocabulary that he has on his list. For the second part of the session, we checked some sentences that he wrote, which are getting better, and he hadn't made any mistakes. He also learned new words that were written in his sentences, and now he knows the differences between some of them, and we talked about divine messages, saints, and miracles. We had a great time."
"We finished Chapter 1 today, reviewing all the grammar and learned phrases and vocabulary. As one last task, the student will have to write a letter to me before our next lesson. We also started the next chapter. We learned quite a few new adjectives that we will use next time to describe people."